It comes in as an email every day, and I always make it a habit to stop and read it slowly. It's from a group called "Marriage After God" - where they send me a daily email with a Prayer for me to pray for my wife. (https://marriageaftergod.com/marriage-prayer-challenge/)
It seems like every time it arrives, I see it when I am busy in the hustle and bustle of the day's events. Slowing down long enough to pray these short prayers really reminds me of who is important in my life. Today's segment caught my attention because of two words joined together to make one compound word:
Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit. I pray that we would walk in your spirit with eachother. I pray that we would always do right by eachother. Lord, give us hearts to serve and love one another. I pray that if we ever wrong eachother that we would be quick to repent and to make it right. Lord, make us one as you and Jesus are one!
In Jesus' Name, Amen
Did you catch onto the part that stood out to me? In case you missed it, I underlined it in bold all 3 times. I don't know if it was typo or not, but I like it! I noticed what a difference it made that eachother was together - like they were trying to send a message to me or something. Message received!
What do you think would be different if we stayed that close to each other (sorry, eachother) no matter what? If married couples would do this, if families would do this, and if church families would do this...I think more people might be inclined to do this. Then, I have a feeling they would ask us questions about it, and might want to start doing it themselves. How does that happen? Thankfully, Apostle Paul shares that with us by giving us this challenge:
"Be kind and compassionate to eachother, forgiving eachother, just as in Christ God forgave you." (Ephesians 4:32)
What if we made it hard for someone to come in between us and tear us apart? What if we were so thankful for the person God has joined us with that no one else could come in between us? What if families decided to stay together because God had brought them together? What if churches did all they could to minister to the people God brought their way, by helping them through whatever they go through? What if we treated eachother the way Jesus treated us? What if we were actually practicing this verse by remembering the forgiveness Jesus gave us and we were compelled to do the same to/for other people?
I know I'm asking a lot of "What if..." questions here, but maybe this week, we could take the time to look through those questions and see where the Holy Spirit tugs at our hearts. Let this be something that leads you to pray - for your own walk with the Lord, for your spouse, for your family, AND for your church family. It might look funny to some people, they might think we've gotten it wrong, and they might even underline it in RED to show us it's wrong. But if we are doing this because we want God to bless our families and strengthen our faith, I have a feeling He will help us stick closer to eachother and will use us to help others do the same.