credit: Michelle Meiklejohn
"Then I will purify the lips of the peoples,
that all of them may call on the name of the Lord
and serve Him shoulder to shoulder."
What a beautiful verse!
If only we would stand shoulder to shoulder, supporting each other as we step forward together in the calling God has given His children - to show His love to a hurting world and to bring the Good News of salvation to all.
What would it take for us to do this? The first part of this verse may be a clue. "Then I will purify the lips of the peoples" He says. What do we need to purify our lips of? What do we say that stands in the way of successfully serving shoulder to shoulder?
Anytime we speak evil of our brother or sister, anytime we engage in gossip, we are contaminate our lips and damage the unity needed to work together. We put up a barrier between us and God that keeps us from calling on His Name for the help we need to serve shoulder to shoulder.
But when we speak blessing and refuse to participate in gossip, asking forgiveness for any harm we have caused, those walls are torn down and our lips are purified. And then we are free to walk together in peace, serving Him shoulder to shoulder.