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Monday, July 14, 2008

Who is the Enemy?

"If you send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food. But if you will not send him, we will not go down; for the man said to us, ‘You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.’ " (Genesis 43:4-5 NKJV)

Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
(Ephesians 4:1-6 NKJV)

Joseph’s brothers and father thought him an enemy, for they did not yet see who he was—one of them. Joseph would unite their family, more fully than when they were once together.

Why are we often at odds with our own family while getting along better with the world? No one within the body of Christ is an enemy, for we are connected by a blood tie more eternal than natural blood ties. We are meant to be one. The evil one is the true enemy, and works to divide and conquer.

Lord Jesus, thank You for shedding Your blood to purchase us. Please let us see the value You have placed upon each member of Your body. Please unite us with one another and with You.

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