May 18, 2019 Our Daily Bread Devotional : Topic - We Need Each Other




May 18, 2019 Our Daily Bread Devotional : Topic - We Need Each Other


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Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.

Colossians 3:15


Bible in a Year : 1 Chronicles 4–6; John 6:1–21

Today's Scripture And Insight Colossians 3 : 12 - 17

While on a hike with my kids, we discovered a light, springy green plant growing in small clumps on the trail. According to a signpost, the plant is commonly called deer moss, but it’s not actually a moss at all. It’s a lichen. 


A lichen is a fungus and an alga growing together in a mutualistic relationship in which both organisms benefit from each other. Neither the fungus nor the alga can survive on its own, but together they form a hardy plant that can live in some alpine areas for up to 4,500 years. Because the plant can withstand drought and low temperatures, it’s one of the only food sources for caribou (reindeer) in deep winter.

The relationship between the fungus and the alga reminds me of our human relationships. We rely on each other. To grow and flourish, we need to be in relationship with each other.
Paul, writing to believers in Colossae, describes how our relationships should look. We are to clothe ourselves with “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12). We ought to forgive each other and live in peace “as members of one body” (v. 15).

It’s not always easy to live in peace with our families or friends. But when the Spirit empowers us to exhibit humility and forgiveness in our relationships, our love for each other points to Christ (John 13:35) and brings glory to God.

Reflect & Pray

In what ways do your relationships point to Jesus? How can you pursue peace? 
Holy Spirit, fill us with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience toward each other so the world may see Your love in us.

May 18, 2019 Our Daily Bread Devotional : Topic - We Need Each Other May 18, 2019 Our Daily Bread Devotional : Topic - We Need Each Other Reviewed by Abodunrin Muyiwa (Muyilight) on May 18, 2019 Rating: 5

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