Thursday, August 30

faithisms: unity among believers

today's post is written by my dear friend carina
you can find her here: lovely little whimsy
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Hello lovelies! I am so happy to be here sharing the cry of my heart:
unity among believers.
I grew up not really knowing a lot about Jesus, but I knew I loved God and He loved me.
In high school I gave my life to Christ through Young Life and then church hopped for the next ten years.
I was Presbyterian, Four Square, non-denominational, interdenominational, evangelical, and charismatic.
And now I’m Catholic.
It’s a crazy thing the way I was led down this road and the way I now feel at home in a church I was pretty sure wasn’t even Christian all through my church hopping.
It’s funny how many evangelical friends are still scandalized by my conversion,
and how many Catholics have a whole lotta negative to say about the Protestants.

It all makes my heart a little sad.
And I think it might make His heart sad, too.

If we are brothers and sisters, as Scripture says we are,
if we are made in His likeness, if we are all adopted into His family,
if He is our King and our Father,
we should be rejoicing together, loving on each other, learning from one another.
I love how totally unique my kids are, how they each have different gifts,
how they express themselves in special ways.
I hope that as they grow and mature, they’ll be able to appreciate those things about one another and see how
when we’re all together in our differentness,
we make up a pretty awesome family (if I do say so myself).
I think that is just a shadow of who we are as a family in Christ.

In John 17, Jesus prays for us - for you and me - that we’d be of one heart and mind,
just as He and the Father are one.


Can you even imagine how crazy beautiful that would be?
If we could get past our doctrines and theologies and bask in the love of Jesus together?
So much so that we are actually just as connected as the Son and the Father?
Talk about amazing. The world would be scandalized.

And oh my goodness, that is my heart.
That we could set aside our criticisms and embrace the beauty in our differences.
To learn from each other, love one another, and show the world who Jesus really is.
An all consuming fire of love who came for them.
It’d be a different place, that’s for sure.
That is my prayer for you, for me, for all of us as His children.
Let's love each other up and show the world what it's all about.

10 comments:

  1. If this could happen even within each church how amazing it would be... Preach it, Miss Carina!

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    1. yes, that is truth, abby! that'd be a great place to start :)

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  2. I feel exactly the same way. Amen Carina!

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  3. yes. times infinity. praise jesus for you!

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  4. Amen sister! Thank you for sharing your heart, it is beautiful.

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  5. Amen! I love this post and can totally relate to it! I was raised Catholic and my best friend was Protestant; when we met she didn't consider us both Christian and had a grudge against me. I was so heartbroken by this and didn't understand how we could both claim to love Jesus but still not be sisters in Christ. I'm glad we've both gotten past that and I hope the Church can continue to embrace the differences in love rather than animosity. xoxo

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  6. I so agree. As long as we agree on the essentials, Jesus came for us, died to forgive us, and He is coming back again some day, then all the other stuff should fade into the background! I see this kind of unity in my Bible study, which is open to any denomination. Loved these words today!

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    1. thanks, tracie! i am blessed to be in a similar study with ladies from all different churches - it's such a joy to be with women from varying backgrounds and opinions who all love Jesus.

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  7. Yes Yes Yes! I am Catholic and find it hurtful that so many protestants out there think their "brand" of Christianity is so superior. We all love Jesus. We are all sinners. None of us are perfect. Think of the fellowship we could have if we didn't focus so intently on only our differences. We have so much in common to celebrate.

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  8. that was beautiful! thank you for writing that!

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