Sunday, August 03, 2014

August 3 2014 … Bonded in Christ

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 215

Devotional Song: Go to this link -  and take the time to see a lyrical video of Steve Green singing the classic song … People Need The Lord, proclaiming the truth that all who are war with Christ need to let down their walls and let Him in.

Highlight Passage: Ephesians 2: 14-15… [NKJV] …
14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, … 
Highlight Context - NKJV: Ephesians 2: 11-18 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK

Reference Passage #1 - NKJV: Romans 10: 9-13 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK  The free gift of salvation is laid out in all its simplicity …  

Reference Passage #2 - NKJV: Galatians 3: 26-29 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK  All the human walls of separation are broken down in our bonding with Christ …

Reference Passage #3 - NKJV: Colossians 3: 14-17 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK  It’s the love of Christ which bonds us to Him and to all other Christians …

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Dave Branon, reminded me of a fascinating reality when Christians who have never met come to be acquainted. 

Perhaps you’ve experienced this while traveling. You make the acquaintance of a stranger, i.e., someone you’ve never met. Perhaps you sit next them in an airplane; and in making awkward initial conversation, you both discover that you’re both committed Christians. IMMEDIATELY there is a bonding experience which breaks down all the natural barriers to communication and interaction.

Or perhaps you’ve experienced the opposite with your newly acquainted traveling companion, discovering that you’re a Christians and he/she is not. There is an immediate wall of separation, is there not, between the two of you which is difficult to breach and requires some touchy interaction to overcome? Therefore, to run into another born-again Christian while traveling really makes the communication so very much easier, doesn’t it?

The Apostle Paul wrote about that bonding with Christ when he was writing back to Gentile Christians in Ephesus as well as those whom he had helped lead to Christ in Galatia and Colossi (see the Ephesians 2, Galatians 3, and Colossians 3 passages above).

Yes, after one truly comes to know Christ as Lord and Savior (see Romans 10: 9-13 linked above), he/she is bonded by the love of God to all other Christians; and that’s why two perfect strangers, discovering they are mutually bonded in Christ, have no wall of separation or enmity between them. Whereas a Christian and a non-Christian do.

Hence, … that’s why we need to do all we can to witness for Christ and let Him break down the walls between non-believers and Himself, showing His love to any/all whom we contact, letting His love break down the walls which separate our Lord from the world. It’s what Steve Green sings about in the linked song above; and it’s what the world needs desperately (see attached photo).

My Prayer for Today … Lord, I pray all who read here have come to You, King Jesus, so that we can take Your love to a world so desperately in need of You. … Amen

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