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Advent Devotional: Day Sixteen

By December 12, 2022No Comments

Day 16

Start with Posture of Silence and Solitude (2 minutes)

Read Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-6
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Devotional:
In his letter to the believers in the city of Ephesus, Paul (most likely writing from prison) calls readers/listeners to live like they truly are saved and changed people. Then, he gives them very practical steps to do just that: It starts with personal humility and gentleness and requires patience that only comes through love. Paul urges everyone to keep the unity of the Holy Spirit — such a timely call for us, too — reminding them of the oneness and unity of those who belong to God: one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father, who is over, through, and in all.

Question to Ponder:
What’s one thing you can do today to act with new humility, gentleness, or patience?

Prayer:
Dear God, I thank you for calling me to you, for giving me a new life and forever hope with you, and for your Holy Spirit. I see your oneness — Father, Son, and Spirit — and the unity of your people that you call me to pursue. I am often not humble, gentle, or patient. Please forgive me and lead me to love others and seek peace with them. Thank you for loving me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

End with Posture of Silence and Solitude (2 minutes)

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