Peacemaker

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Between fight and flight there is a third way.

(Listen to my song “All Are One” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Ephesians 4:1-3

I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.

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Paul was so transformed by the risen Christ that he changed from being the most zealous persecutor of Christianity to its most passionate preacher.

Today’s scripture comes from a letter he wrote while in prison…to support to the beleaguered Christian community.

Paul’s message remains foundational for all Christians…although I’m wondering how many are even aware of it

You have been called by Christ.

What “call” have you received? Do you know?

Are you living “in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace”?

Look at the nasty and often untrue political commercials on TV.

Look at the vitriolic public discourse on important issues.

Look at the insulting discourse in social media.

Look at the sorry state of simple civility and common courtesy.

As the old church song states, “They’ll know we are Christians by our love.”

Really? I’m not seeing it.

The one Christians allegedly follow (that would be Jesus) put it this way: “For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same” (Luke 6:32-33).

This is a gut check for us all.

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Listen to the song of the day “All Are One” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

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About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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