This is from Eugene Peterson’s book Tell It Slant. Here he is commenting on the prayer of Jesus in John 17.

“A major difficulty in taking this prayer to heart is that it doesn’t seem to have made much difference for twenty centuries now, and certainly doesn’t seem to be having much of an impact on Christians at the present. The Christian Church is famous worldwide for being contentious and mean-spirited, for using the words of Moses and Jesus as weapons to exclude and condemn. One of the identifying marks that Jesus gave his disciples is that ‘you have love for one another’ (John 13:35). But not many centuries had passed before outsiders were saying, ‘Look how they vilify one another!’ We kill with verbs and nouns, swords and guns, ‘Christians’ marching under the banner of the cross of Christ.” (Tell it Slant, 223)

Be blessed today. Find a way, as far as it depends upon you, to live at peace with your neighbor. Love the fellowship of Saints.

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1   Neil    
May 22nd, 2009 at 10:28 am

Makes ya wonder what it would like without the intercession on our behalf… thanks Jerry.

2   Brendt
May 22nd, 2009 at 11:14 am

Good quote, though the first sentence is what grabbed me even more. Jesus prayed for something 2000 years ago and (to some degree) is still waiting for its fulfillment.

How fast do I give up?

3   Rick Frueh
May 22nd, 2009 at 2:17 pm

One of the mistakes some believers make is when they fail to recognize the multi-faceted ministry of Christ and His Word. Anyone can magnify a certain section of Christ’s ministry and claim to be exhibiting the complete portfolio and the core essence of Christ and His Words.

Manifesting the Spirit’s character in situations is a delicate matter even when we are called to correction and rebuke. Western Christianity has morphed into well funded sectarianism where even people from the same general “camp” have trouble getting along.