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YOUNITED Day 6

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Scripture:. Philippians 2:3-4  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,  not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Devotional: In this passage from Paul’s letter to the believers in Philippi, he is encouraging them to have the same attitude of Jesus, who being fully God, humbled himself even unto the point of death on a cross.  All to demonstrate love. 

As Jesus followers, we too are called to love in this way.  It certainly goes against our grain,  but keeping our selfishness and vanity in check and putting others’ interests above our own is part of living the Jesus way.

This means getting out of our comfort zones, taking up the cause of the oppressed, and standing for righteousness and justice.  Even when it costs us.  

It means standing together – every color, language and race – as one unified body of Christ, living for the display of His glory in unity and love for one another.

Reflect:

  • In what ways can you humble yourself and take up the cause of righteousness and justice right where you are?

YOUNITED Day 5

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Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:12, 26 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ…If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

Devotional: What do you know about joining in someone’s suffering?  For most of us, that’s not really something we think much about, or, in all honesty, have much of a desire to do.  It’s our natural inclination to avoid suffering.

But this passage seems to suggest that we, in the body of Christ, are called to suffer alongside our brothers and sisters.  If there’s any message that resonates in all the protests and demonstrations that we are currently seeing, it’s this:  people of color are suffering. 

If you don’t believe that or are unsure how that’s happening, it’s imperative that you make it your priority to listen.  Listen to the truth of what it means to be a minority in this country.  Take time to listen to the individual stories of injustice.  If you’re not a person of color, this is a time to listen, seek to understand, and to suffer empathetically with your brothers and sisters. 

Reflect:

 

 

                        Pray that you would empathize with the suffering of your brothers and sisters.

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