Our Shared Humanity

By Jon Carlson

This is the second installment in our six-week visual series on exploring what God’s love looks like, when we live it out in our world. You can see the first installment here.

Today, pray for an international enemy. Invite God to bring to mind a nation, ethnic group, or organization often identified as an “enemy” (such as Iran, North Korea, Russia, ISIS, etc.) Ask God to bless them, and bring them greater knowledge of the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. Pray for God to soften your own heart and eliminate any hatred you may harbor. Ask for a deeper awareness of our shared humanity as children of God.

Jon Carlson serves as Lead Pastor of Forest Hills Mennonite Church outside of Lancaster, PA. Jon and his wife, Lyn, are raising three kids who seem to have endless supplies of energy. Follow on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

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