One-Minute Reflection: 1 John 3:11, 18 (30 Days of Prayer for Unity #26)

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“For this is the message you have heard from the beginning: we should love one another. Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.” (1 John 3:11, 18).

Reflection:

Talk of unity is cheap when its foundation lacks charity.

One significant danger to unity is jealousy. Unhinged, envy produces wrath and depression, often harming oneself and others (Cf. Genesis 4:1-16).

God created us to love one another; let us do His will.

Today’s Intention:

O Lord, help us to bring unity to our nation through charitable deeds and truth.

Peace and Goodness

One-Minute Reflection: James 3:16 (30 days of prayer for unity #6)

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“For where jealousy and selfish ambition exists, there is disorder and every foul practice.” James 3:16

Reflection:

No one is immune from the perils of jealousy and selfishness, not even the Apostles were so.

It is a dangerous practice when we measure our worthiness by comparing ourselves to others, especially when we are driven by pride. God made each one of us unique. He blessed us with our own gifts to share with others in harmony for His glory not ours.

Today’s Intention: O Lord, help us to recognize that we cannot build unity in the quicksands of jealousy and selfishness, but on the solid grounds of your love.