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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 7, 2018

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WEDNESDAY, February 7

Romans 12:4-6a For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us.

The Southern phrase “…bless your heart,” is a suffix for faux politeness: “He’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer, bless his heart.” Or “That outfit is an interesting choice, bless her heart.” The phrase offers insulation from direct insults.

I have heard (and used) a similar, churchy phrase for the same purpose. “…That’s not his gift.” These two seemingly innocuous phrases are thin veneers, haughty coverings for superiority and disdain—and I’m as guilty as the next Southerner or churchy person for using them.

Conversely, today we find Paul celebrating the Christians in Rome and their differing gifts in remarkable ways. There’s no requirement for all of us to shine equally at preaching or teaching, helping, or healing. But there’s equal value in each of the gifts—and in each person.

I pray for the humility to honor each member of the body of Christ and to let their gifts bless my heart.

MOVING FORWARD: Who has blessed your heart most recently? Write a note of thanks.

PRAY for the Diocese of Arizona

PS 119:97-120 * 81, 82 | Genesis 27:1-29 | Romans 12:1-8 | John 8:12-20

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