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01/27/2012

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The Relacing


" I appeal to you brethren, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought" (1 Cor.1:10).

When I was a high school baseball coach, I learned a unique skill. My ballplayers would have the laces break on their gloves and I learned to repair them. I got the materials from a local sporting goods store, and when they learned that I could do this, I would get calls from strangers to relace their gloves. I found the big secret was understanding the lacing pattern. The apostle Paul in today's verse is giving us the pattern for unity. Only the Lord Jesus Christ could bring very diverse people into a unity of believers. The de facto motto of America until 1956 was E Pluribus Unum. It means, "from many, one." Believers, though they may come from diverse backrounds, are to be "perfectly united in mind and thought." In mind and thought means unity in Jesus Christ. The pattern for this unity begins in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul said that because of our belief in Jesus that we should all agree with one another. Why? "So that there may be no divisions among you." Because we are humans, a conflict may arise from time to time. This is when it is so important that we understand the pattern. If we want the glove to work at it's best, we may have to relace. We have to follow the pattern...

Have a great day...Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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