May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6
The apostle Paul wrote the above words to his brothers and sisters in Christ at the church of Rome. The church, started by Jews who had come to faith during the Pentecost, had grown into a diverse community of believers that included Jews and Gentiles, the rich and poor, free people and the slaves. He hoped to help the church people grow to accept each other more readily, instead of focusing on their differences. He knew if they came together in community and minimized their differences, deep fellowship with each other would result. And create a stronger unity of voices praising God.
When I gather with my Inscribe Christian Writers group, Writer’s Café, I believe we are also called to be there as a community that grows a strong voice for God. Each of us is different, and most likely we would never have met if not for our coming together to share our faith through our writing. We come from different backgrounds, are in different stages of our work and family life, writing accomplishments and genres. I’m the only single. Yet marital status has not decreased my acceptance from the others. Rather, it’s a chance for me to deepen my fellowship with godly married women, and maybe for them to grow deeper in fellowship with Christian singles in their church communities. Gathered together we share our writings that are different in style and in voice.
But all of us the same in our love for the One who first gave us our voice.
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. Romans 15:7
Lynn J Simpson
Inspiring Hope In You