“Therefore, if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ,

if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit,

if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded,

having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” (Philippians 2:1–2)

Dear friends,

Life is messy, relationships are messy. Times of stress can strain relationships, and we end up hurting each other and destroying the unity we have worked hard for. So much that happens around us destroys unity: The things of the world distract us, whether through social media, television, or bigger concerns like the pandemic. The schemes of the Enemy cause disunity in the church. Relationship desires and unmet expectations bring disunity in our marriages and friendships.

For the next two months, let’s pray and work together to live in peace and unity. Let our prayers speak to God as we commit to be loving, patient and kind to one another. Let’s live in a way that draws others into this new life as they see us serve one another within our communities and churches.

Paul reminds the people of God in Philippi that they could bring him joy by being of one mind, having the same love and living with one another in unity. What is keeping you from living in a way that brings unity into your home, family, or workplace? What are some things you can do today to forgive, to love, to listen and thus live in peace and harmony? God gives us the ability, through the Holy Spirit, to be patient, kind, and loving through our actions and words. There are many passages in the Bible that remind us of our responsibilities to live in unity (Rom. 14:19; Eph. 4:11–13; Col. 3:13–14; Psalm 133:1).

May our hearts unite to bring hope in Jesus to women around the world and across generations. May we surrender all that is keeping us from being reconciled to God and one another.

For some additional personal thoughts on reconciliation and unity, please check out my article “Exploring Hope Today” in this issue.

In him our hearts rejoice.

Dr. Peggy Banks

Global Ministry Director

TWR Women of Hope

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