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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

During conflict, people tend to separate or distance themselves from the situation, even while in close proximity. Conflict that happens in various institutions of the Christian church are tough and unsettling; yet we have the promise that Christ never leaves us. Scripture assures us that "neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Of course this promise includes whatever conflict you and/or your organization are going through and presently dealing with. There is no conflict that can separate us from His never failing and unending love. The promise is that this love will continue to sustain those who stick around through the conflict to trust and see how Christ works. While we often distance and separate ourselves during conflict, Christ uses the very conflict to draw us nearer and closer to those who endure. Christ provides us comfort, makes us conquerors over the conflict we experience, and convinces us of the truth of his all sufficient love.

Lord, thank you for never leaving us during our conflicts. Amen.

Sean Forde
Port Saint Lucie, Fla.
Master of Divinity , 2005

Romans 8:26-39 (NRSV)

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.
27 And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family.
30 And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.
31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
32 He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else?
33 Who will bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.
34 Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.
35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered."
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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