How to Get Along Together in the Church

Text: Romans 12:9-21

Reflection and Question: Paul’s good advice on how his hearers can live together in unity suggests that it was no easier then than it is now to sustain harmony in the church. This passage has such good truth in it and is so honest in its depiction of community. Especially regarding severe disagreement Paul counsels, “Bless those who persecute you, never avenge yourselves, feed your enemies if they are hungry, overcome evil with good.” Would that we all could commit to living out Paul’s advice toward those who disagree with us! What can you take from Paul to help you live well today?

Prayer: God of all Goodness, we thank you for this wisdom from Paul available now for us to draw on as we seek to dwell in unity with all. Find in us much that Paul commends. Forgive us when we fall short, setting us up to try again and again. Amen.

This meditation is based on the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).