Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Friday, September 9, 2022


Text: “And all that believed were together, and had all things common.” (Acts 2:44) “And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.” – Acts 4:32.

Comment: An important factor that underpins success is unity of purpose and teamwork. It is unity based on love that makes people to see themselves as one and count each member as important no matter how lowly that person may seem, hence, it is said that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. (See 1 Corinthians 12:22-25) Strong commitment to the faith with each person throwing in his best makes for progress beyond expectations.  (John 13:34, 35) And warning the Christians at Corinth against divisions, St. Paul stated, “Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?” (1 Corinthians 1:13) There can be no unity among a people when each person does not see the danger, distress or benefit of one person as being shared by all. (1 Corinthians 12:26) Where there is no unity, there is gossiping and tale bearing and backbiting. Misuse of the tongue tears an organization apart. (James 3:1-12) It is said that loose lips sink ships. A three -fold cord is not quickly broken.

St. Paul enjoins us to “be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind”. He admonishes that “nothing be done through strife or vainglory” but that “in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves”. We should not look “every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others…” – Philippians 2:2-5.