Welcome to our weekly Five Minute Friday link-up!
We gather here every week to write for five minutes flat on a single word prompt.
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Okay, now it’s time to write!
This week’s FMF prompt is: AGREE
Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . GO.
It’s such a beautiful thing to me when people who don’t agree with each other choose to disagree using gracious attitudes of love and mutual respect.
So much of social media these days is saturated with people cutting others down for opinions they don’t hold as their own.
I know for a fact that there are people within this very community who hold views different from my own — and yet with God’s help, I can appreciate their positions, respect them for who they are, and not let our differences affect my perception of them as fellow image bearers of God Himself.
After I chose the prompt for this week, the second half of Ephesians 2 jumped out at me as the perfect passage to illustrate the unity that we have as believers in Christ. If only we could live out this reality with our actions and words toward one another:
(Cheating a little bit this week by copying and pasting the following passage, but I think it’s important and relevant, and I hope it ministers to you . . . )
“Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.
And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
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