Father, in the midst of what seems like a firestorm of controversy, keep us mindful of the mission you have given us. Help us to focus on the gospel and love those around us with your love, no matter what their views on different things. Help us to look past the things that really don't matter and focus on our unity in Christ. As we deal with those outside Christ, help us keep in mind that we are called to invite them to follow Jesus, not to make them better people. Help us to remember that we cannot change an individual's heart, that only you can do that. Let us be known more for Who we are for than for what we are against. Amen
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