Week beginning: 24th April, 2016
By Mhairi Hamilton | Ashford
"I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."Ephesians 4:1-6 (ESV)
Walking in unity together
Recently, while spending time firstly with our justice mission teams, who will travel to East Africa later this year to fellowship with our CLEAR partners, and secondly, preparing to travel to Germany with an LCF team to engage Christian lawyers from across Europe, these verses have led me to reflect on how we encourage each other within the body of Christ. It is easy to focus on the differences, especially with our legal minds, trained to distinguish facts and to spot the detail, but Paul exhorts us to bear with one another in love as we are one body through Christ.
As a fellowship, the LCF membership represents a range of church traditions, expressions, and diversity. To help us keep Christ at its core, and with a commitment to the supreme authority of Scripture, we have a doctrinal basis which enables us to navigate well amongst the different views and human traditions. But how do we practically bear with each other in love, being eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit, in our law firms, chambers and colleges? At the end of chapter 3, Paul prays for the Ephesians to have spiritual strength and encouragement.
Are we praying for one another? Are we, with humility, gentleness and patience, encouraging our Christian colleagues in their spiritual walk and witness, and allowing them to do the same with us?
1. Give thanks for Christians we know in our workplaces, and for opportunities to meet, read the bible and pray together. May we be an encouragement to each other today.
2. Please pray for the LCF team as they travel to Stuttgart - that relationships would be strengthened, and for Christian lawyers across Europe to be salt and light within their legal systems.
Click here for more information about the Stuttgart conference hosted by Christ und Jurist.