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“For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.  For the body is not one member, but many” (1 Corinthians 12:13-14).

All who are in the grace of Christ are the bride of Christ. Yes, we have our denominations, fellowships, and groups, but in the Lord, there is only one. Let this sit upon your heart, for often we are too quick to criticize our brothers and sisters. Let it not be so with you. We are partaking of the one hope and promise which is common to us all. Live in the fellowship of the one holy Church to which you have been called.

Lord, help me to not see my brand as the brand, but as a part of Your church. Guide me according to the Holy Spirit to grow in faith and love knowing that You hold us all accountable to the cross. Guide me in my own life so that I look to You more and more and do not give into the wickedness of this world. Lead me Lord in the way You would have me go that I may now and always abide in Your steadfast love.

Lord Jesus, You have always modeled the role of being a dutiful Son.  Guide me to learn what it means to be a child of God. Help me to recognize that it is You who is building the church. Lead me according to Your goodness to see that in You alone is all hope. May I now and always come to You amidst the troubles of this world and receive Your guidance that what I do may be pleasing to the Father. Amen.