THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
UNITY AND PEACE - 8
Today’s reading: Romans 12:5-16
There is much work to be done in the call to the New Evangelization.
We as CFC-FFL have been called, raised and equipped to participate
in this work. In fact, we are at the forefront of this work.
We must be one in vision and mission. We must be united and
at peace with one another. We have been given a great responsibility
and we will be held accountable.
can we maintain unity and peace?
we must realize that indeed God intends for us to be one,
that “we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually
parts of one another.” (v.5). This is a great challenge,
but it ought to be a given. So each and everyone of us must
strive to contribute to unity and peace.
being called as the one body that is CFC-FFL, we must realize
how much we need each other in order to be able to do the
work. As we were baptized in the Spirit, each one was given
a gift, which is to be used for ministry. “Since we
have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,
let us exercise them” (v.6). With each one given a gift,
the whole body has a wide variety of gifts, all intended to
assist in the overall work. We are one body with “many
parts, and all the parts do not have the same function”
(v.4). There are prophets, ministers, teachers, exhorters,
financial contributors, servant leaders, social workers (v.6b-8).
If one does not exercise his given gift, then it is the overall
work that suffers.
and very importantly, we look to and work at our relationship
with each other. How should we treat each other?
are to “love one another with mutual affection”
(v.10a). We are brethren, friends and co-workers.
ought to be invested in each other. In fact, we are to “anticipate
one another in showing honor.” (v.10b).
We are to exercise humility in our dealings with each other,
treating each other as brethren without favoritism. “Have
the same regard for one another; do not be haughty but associate
with the lowly; do not be wise in your own estimation.”
We are to identify with each other. We are to have deep
empathy for the situation of our brethren. What happens
to them happens to us. Thus, “rejoice with those who
rejoice, weep with those who weep.” (v.15). This is
a great impetus to unity and peace.
We are never to look on our brethren as our enemy, for we
only have one enemy, the evil one. Yes, there will be challenges
and even conflicts. But our posture is not to exacerbate
such difficulties. Rather, “bless those who persecute
you, bless and do not curse them.” (v.14). Again,
they are your brethren, your family, your community.
Fourth, we are to be zealous for the mission that has been
given to us. “Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent
in spirit, serve the Lord.” (v.11). It is the Lord who
calls us and sends us. It is His divine work that we do. How
can we not give our all? Further, it is when we are slack
on our work that we begin to turn against each other.
we always look to the Lord who is the One who called us and
who is always there for us. There will be challenges, suffering
and pain, but we are to “rejoice in hope, endure in
affliction, persevere in prayer.” (v.12). Nothing should
ever faze us. We are God’s people. We are God’s
workers. We are God’s gifts to each other, and to the