Two Words for a New Year
2021 is coming to a close, for some of us, maybe not too soon. With the year behind us, we are compelled to look to the new one before us. In the letter to the Ephesians, Paul speaks to our opportunities. There are two words that are implied that stand out and give us direction. Paul writes, “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3)
Two words would summarize our relationships as we move forward in this new year. The first is work. Walking in a lifestyle of humility, gentleness, patience, and tolerance takes diligent effort on our part. Work means to be attentive to the value and importance of the people that God has placed in our lives. It is work to set aside our pride, our intentions, our time, and our priorities for the care, embrace, and benefit of others. The second word for the coming year is love. Because of Christian love we are bound together in unity. We have a common bond and command that we love one another. Jesus said, “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.”(John 15:12) We certainly have experienced a common unity in love by combining our two morning services. In sensing from the Lord and hearing from most our people, it has been a wonderful thing to spend our worship times together. We shall continue having one service for an indefinite period. Worship, praise, fellowship, and encouragement to be experienced by all of us at the same time will be a good thing.
Two words that will characterize the new year are work and love. What a great way to start.
Blessings to us all as we live for Jesus and cherish one another.