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Communion Meditations (2022)


Unto Others

Originally scheduled for September 25

"In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
(Matthew 7:12 NASB)
In our attempt to be reverent at communion we sometimes forget that this is not a solitary experience, but a common meal shared by all Christians. May I suggest to you today that you use the time of self-examination to think about those Christians you need to forgive. Most of us have a few, but find it difficult to express our forgiveness for a variety of social interaction reasons. This should not be; we are commanded to treat them like we would be treated — and we would like to be forgiven.
Likewise, there are those we wish would forgive us — bury the hatchet, so to speak. It is sometimes surprising to find this to be the case, but there are grudges and old offenses that fester for years. This should not be. We should at least have the courage to ask forgiveness.
Take a look at yourself from the point of view of those around you. Think about how they think about you.
            Are you known as the kind of person who forgives easily and quickly? Or are you the stern sort, unwilling to be merciful?
            Perhaps you’re the one that needs to ask forgiveness. Think about how other people would like you to do this. Should you wrap yourself in self-righteousness, or should you appeal to the unity of the church in Christ?
            Often enough, the one who makes the first move towards unifying the church is the one who loves Christ the most. Think how your Lord uses your actions — or lack of them.
The church is not a stew pot to be boiling over with bubbles of faction and argument. It is not a collection of robots of uniform opinion either. Rather it is an organization designed to be one as Christ and the Father are one. That occasionally requires us to act in forgiveness as well as ask forgiveness.
We are to be united in service to Christ; one of the functions of communion is to remind us that we are to be one body. As part of communion we are to examine ourselves. Let our self-examination this morning consider how we might promote the oneness of the church. Communion celebrates His sacrifice; He wants us to be one.

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