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“And those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable,  whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked” (1 Corinthians 12:23-24).

We are affected one by the other.  There is the mutual building up of the body which the Lord is doing by holding us together.  Therefore, do not flee from those who are different, but embrace all whom the Lord brings into your midst knowing that you too have groups who might look down upon you in a worldly way.  The Lord leads and teaches us along the way as we live out our life of faith in community.

Lord, convict me where I am not living as You would have me live.  Convict my attitude of superiority that I may love all whom I meet and accept all with whom I worship.  You have a reason for everything.  Guide me in Your goodness that I may now and always abide in the truth of Your presence amongst all the groups with whom I deal.  Guide me to be gracious as You are gracious.

Lord, help me to be content with where You have placed me in Your body.  Help me to always be humble, knowing that You are Lord and in humility You walked upon the earth as One who had nothing.  In Your example, lead me always to see through this world’s way of seeing things that I may become more like You.  In all things, grant that I would have a heart of charity, loving others as You love them.  Amen.

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