I Corinthians 1:1-9
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus
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This is how Paul starts a letter to a group of people who, on the most part, hate his guts and who give him heartburn. Paul begins his conversation with them by remembering who they are to God. There is a recent book on how to achieve more civility in our culture. Lots of good suggestions. The only thing missing is motivation. You have to want to be civil. Paul had some tough words coming for the Christians in Corinth because they weren't being civil with one another and if Paul couldn't be civil with them, it would defeat the whole message. Paul was motivated to help people grow in their relationship with Christ and one another by loving them the way God does....before they have done anything good to deserve it or made things worse for themselves, God loves them. Before we are tempted to scream at the next person who hates our guts, read their name tag. It says, "Hello, I'm loved by God."
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Help us, Lord, to remember who we are talking to. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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