Appreciate the diversities in other people instead of criticizing them.The apostle Paul preached and wrote about the subject of diversity long before the topic became politically correct. Diversity was an issue in the first-century churches. Those early Christian churches were composed of Jews and Gentiles, the rich and the slaves, the educated and the illiterate. In the context of these widespread differences, Paul urged unity.

Paul’s message is just as relevant today. Within the same church, there can be believers who come from different cultural or economic backgrounds. These differences are irrelevant to God, so they should not be a basis of division for the rest of us. And Paul’s message isn’t limited to individual churches. It applies to all believers, with whom there will be significant diversity in worship styles and the formality (or lack thereof) in their services.

If we learn to value each other as God sees us, our differences will not be divisive.

Always keep yourselves united in the Holy Spirit, and bind yourselves together with peace. Ephesians 4:3

Posted on May 21, 2013, in Daily Devotionals. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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