My Grace-Full Life

2.18.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Knit Together

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• In Colossians 2:2, Paul wrote of the congregations, “…that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ…”
Let’s zero in on the part that says, “knit together in love.”
If you are a knitter or crocheter, you know how this works.
A piece of yarn is continually looped and pieced together until instead of a strand, a finished piece is put together.
And once the yarn is knitted, short of deliberate destruction, those loops and stitches aren’t going anywhere.
It’s united into a piece that can be functional and beautiful.
As a knitter myself, when I read that verse, I wonder how united we are as Christians.
Are our stitches strong, or are we unraveling?
Are we knitted together with our brothers and sisters in Christ?
The act of knitting isn’t really complicated.
It’s simply a matter of using two sticks to manipulate the yarn into the right place.
It’s hard at first, but easy when you know what you’re doing.
And the act of loving others and serving isn’t hard, but we don’t make it easy.
We complicate what is a pretty straightforward process with instructions that have all kinds of exceptions to the rules.
But Jesus put it simply—love God first and then, love your neighbors as yourself (Matthew 22:34-39).
He didn’t say “unless they do this or that…”
He told us to love one another without exception.
And when we are committed to living that, our knitted hearts can be both beautiful and functional as we go about as the Church to serve others.
Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for the wisdom of His instructions to love one another.
Thank Him that through this truth, we are stronger united.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you love others as Christ commanded.

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