Unity

As
he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from
heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him,
“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are
You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting
(Acts 9:3-5).
  
The way we treat other members of the body
of Christ is the way we treat Jesus Himself. This is quite a statement. If I’m
angry and resentful towards a fellow believer, I’m that way towards Jesus! The
way I treat my wife Susan is the way I’m treating Jesus!
   
If we want the Holy Spirit to work in our
lives, we must treat other members of the body of Christ with the same respect
we would give to Jesus Himself.
In the book of Acts it seems that the Holy
Spirit manifested freely as the believers worked together in unity (Acts 1:14;
2:1; 2:46; 4:32; 5:12)
   
According to Jesus, when we see the
stranger and give him shelter, when we go minister to the sick person, or the
person in prison, we are ministering to Jesus Himself (see Matthew 25).
   
We create an environment that either
attracts or detracts from the presence of God by what we do with our attitudes,
words, and actions towards fellow believers.
  
Be careful today with how you treat others. It will directly affect
your relationship with the Lord! If we say we love Jesus, and pay no attention
to others needs, how can we really say we love Him?
  
Our age is quickly becoming numb and loveless. This is our time to
shine! Treat others the way you want to be treated. Pray for those you come in
contact with daily. Ask the Lord to make you a blessing to them. Ask Him what
you can do to show care and compassion to them.
  
If I don’t care for the person I can see, there’s no way I can really
love the God I can’t see (1 John 4:20).
    
Let’s be sensitive to others today.  What we do to them, the attitudes we portray,
and what we say to them or about them to others is how we’re treating the Lord
Jesus!

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