Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.
A church sat next door to a strip club. The pastor and congregation prayed against it, but it flourished even more. One day, the pastor asked the Lord why the strip club continued to flourish when they prayed against it.
The Lord answered, “Why would you curse the people I died for?”
The church began to pray for the people. They repented of the sins of immorality, lust, and greed. They prayed that the strip club would be filled with the presence of God. The club closed two weeks later.
Peter is rebuked by Jesus for not being of one mind with the Lord (see Matthew 16:23). He has his own agenda, just like the pastor and congregation in this illustration.
Being of one mind is to think like Christ. The sanctified mind seeks the unity of the Holy Spirit. The sanctified mind sees every person as someone Jesus died for. Having the same love is consideration for others above ourselves.
May the love of Jesus abound in and through us to our hurting world.
Lord, we ask that love and unity would abound in the Church of the Nazarene. Help us today to put your love into action to a soul in need of Jesus.
Prayer Journal Reflections
Reflect on the unity of the church in Canada and the United States.
Lead Pastor, Lincoln City Church of the Nazarene