November 30, 2022

I Peter 3:8

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 

Throughout the letters of the New Testament, the Apostles provide encouragement and guidance to newly developing Christian churches, which were often isolated and far from each other.  The letters emphasize the importance of developing attributes of Christian belief, thought, behavior and attitudes to strengthen and support these emerging congregations.  Peter’s words encouraging habits and qualities that can maintain a cohesive, loving and mutually supportive church family remain fresh and relevant today.

Dear God – help us to maintain a unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, tender hearts and humble minds so that we can discern your presence among us and move confidently and lovingly as a cohesive church family toward transitions in the year ahead.  In Your name, Amen.