Marriage Ministry Leaders-
Bro and Sis Jenkins
October Marriage Enrichment
The Shield of Faith
For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:4-5 NASB
“Unity does not mean uniformity or sameness. Unity means oneness of purpose. Just as the Godhead is made up of three distinct Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—each unique in personhood, yet at the same time one in essence, unity reflects a oneness that does not negate individuality.” Tony Evans
Dear God, my spouse and I have some things in common but we also have a number of differences. These come in a variety of places—You know them all. Sometimes they are okay for us to handle, but other times it gets frustrating. When I do get frustrated, I lose faith that it is even possible to be unified when we are so obviously different. But You didn’t say we had to be the same to be unified. Rather, our unity should reflect what Paul wrote in Romans that the members of Your body do not have the same function, but they are still one body and members of each other.
It is easier to understand unity and to have faith that we can obtain it when I understand that You are not calling me to be like my spouse, but rather to be like-minded with my spouse, under You.
Where our spiritual perspectives and life views differ, please unify us under Your truth. As we align our thoughts, beliefs and values under You, we will naturally be more unified with each other.
Also, Father, help us to enjoy and allow each other’s differences within the unique personalities You have chosen to give us. Provide the insight we need to understand that unity does not mean we have to like the same music, events or TV shows, but rather, unity means our minds, thoughts, joint purposes and morals need to be aligned under Your Word. When we live in faith trusting in Your Word, we will be unified. In Christ’s name, amen.
“For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:”
Romans 12:4 KJV