Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Every person who has come to Christ is a valuable member of God's holy people. This is true regardless of race, gender, or social standing.  They were made holy by the Spirit of God when they were "cleansed... made holy... were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."  Instead of God living in a temple made by human hands,  each of us who belongs to Christ is a living stone being built into God's spiritual temple where God lives through the Holy Spirit. 
Just as we should never desecrate a holy place of God by destroying, marring, defacing, and tearing it down, we must not injure, wound, destroy, put down, or treat unfairly one of the living stones of God who is being built into His holy Temple, the church. As God's holy people, we must view each other as holy and precious to God and a necessary and vital part of God's dwelling place.
Awaken my heart, O, God, to the holiness and value of each of Your children. Use me to build up and encourage those You consider holy and precious. I want to value Your children of faith as You do, Father. Please help me see each person as an indispensable part of Your holy dwelling on earth. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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