Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. (1 Peter 3:8 NRSV)

Two neighbors were visiting one evening. One of the women asked., "After a long busy week, do you ever wake up grumpy on Sunday?"

"No," replied the other woman. "That's the day I always let him sleep in."

Do you ever wake up grumpy? I know I do sometimes. But, we don't have to stay that way. And we certainly don't have to take it to church with us were we will bring division.

Only a united church can do great things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. If people in the church can't get along with one another or are grumpy, how can we expect people in the community and people in the world to get along? Disagreements in the church send a negative message to the community, including people who might be considering joining the church. "Why would I want to be a part of that church?" someone might think. "All they do is fight with one another all the time. I would be better off staying home on Sunday morning." United with one focus there is no stopping the church of Jesus Christ. Together we in the church can accomplish great things; divided the church will not accomplish much of anything.

God of unity, help me to bring unity to your church. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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