Concluding first week of 12.5 weeks of devotions marking 125 years of Christian Presbyterians in Barre

Saturday, October 11

Philemon 2:1-2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

Reflection:

While there are many differences among the people of God, we are called to Love. Harvey and Lois Seifert once wrote, “There are certain personal attitudes and feelings that contribute to creative relationships with others. They include, for one thing, warm acceptance and understanding instead of rejection or hostility. Even when we disagree with or regret the action of another, we can emphasize, “I still love you,” instead of “You really were a fool.” We can help others feel that we are still on their side when it comes to appreciating and encouraging them as persons.

 

Questions for reflection:

How can seeking to love instead of hate (or getting stuck in frustration) further the work of the Christian community? Have you seen signs of such a love in recent interactions with people in your life?

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