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Do you ever pause to consider what may be at the root of some of the cultural changes we’ve experienced over the previous 40-50 years? While many may try to boil it down to one or two things (technology, education, etc.) there are often other factors that aren’t as noticeable.
For example, a researcher named Bill Bishop discovered that in 1976, the majority of Americans lived in very diverse communities. Most Americans lived in communities with people of different race, political ideologies, spiritual beliefs, and so on. As a result, only 25% of Americans lived in an area in which the presidential election results from within their community was a landslide.
But from 1976 onward, people started living in communities with much less diversity. As a result, in 2016, 80% of Americans lived in an area in which the presidential election results from within their community was a landslide.
As followers of Christ, we must strive to understand and appreciate the perspectives of others who may think differently than we do. As brothers and sisters in the family of God, we must strive to live in unity with one another.
READING & PRAYERS:
EPHESIANS 4:1-6 (also read the commentary notes in your study bible of choice)
Ephesians 4:2 highlights five qualities needed for unity. These include humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance, and love.
How may God be inviting you to grow in humility? Gentleness? Patience? Forbearance? Love?
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I recognize that there is always room for me to grow in the areas of humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance, and love. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed just thinking about how little of these I have in my life. Continue to help me grow and live out of the integrity and character You intend for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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