There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:4-6
As we begin this Advent season, it is clear that this nation—indeed this world—is divided. While I have always made a concerted effort not to get too political in these devotions, I cannot turn a blind eye to the differences of opinion about a lot of things in my community, my church, and even my family. These differences simply should not stand in the way of our celebration of Christ’s birth. Our Lord and Savior came “to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10), and He meant all of us, for we all are truly lost without Him. First Corinthians 12:13 says, “For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.”
Jesus said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). We make enemies; this is a human offense. Christ had no enemies and never will have. God saw that the world was literally in crisis and He humbled Himself by coming to us in the incarnate Christ to die on a cross for our offenses, not His own (Philippians 2:8). He offered His help to a hurting world, and yet we are still hurting, still finding more to divide us than to unite us. Christ is not some “high priest” who has no understanding of what we are dealing with in the human realm. He lived “in our skin,” so to speak, walking the earth in peace and humility, “being tempted in every way, just as we are—and yet He did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
This Christmas, as we go about our usual activities, I pray that we will find more about each other that we can love, even though we may not like everything about another person. This is the reason Christ came.
Lord of All the Earth, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give (us) the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that (we) may know Him better.” (Ephesians 1:17) Amen
Meg Blaine Corrigan is the author of three books: Then I Am Strong: Moving From My Mother’s Daughter to God’s Child; Perils of a Polynesian Percussionist; and Saints With Slingshots: Daily Devotions for the Slightly Tarnished But Perpetually Forgiven Christian. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of New Mexico and has worked with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and war veterans. Her books may be purchased through her website, www.MegCorrigan.com or from www.amazon.com .