“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit,just as you were called in one hope of our calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all and in you all.”
Depending on our mood, sometimes, these words can make us feel even more hopeless. How can we possibly be unified? There are billions of people on the earth. I sometimes have difficulty getting along with my friends, how much more so the people I don’t spend much time with? How can God ask for unity? Remember again, this is Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus. Good works, patience, sound doctrine are all commended in his letters, but a weakness within the church was a loss of love and backsliding.
Sometimes, we can muster all the kindness we can, yet still have difficulty coming to agreement. Unity does not mean betraying your own sense of what God is speaking so that the status quo is not disturbed. That usually causes a great deal of unrest in your own soul…no peace for you. In these scriptures, God is saying, bear with one another patiently. Work together. By the strength and grace of His Holy Spirit, we can be unified. Unified in a sense that we have the Spirit of God living in us and that He can work unity, forgiveness, and love in a way that we, as fallen creatures can only masquerade for moments.
Paul goes on to say in verse 7, “But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.” In verse 11, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers , for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God,”
There’s so much more in this chapter, continue reading it, absorbing it when you have time. We’re all different, with different gifts and callings, but God calls us to love and work together, when we may not feel much love for one another. Offenses, unforgiveness, resentment, they all take a toll on our ability to see beyond the temporal moment at hand to the eternal wonder of God’s Spirit working; healing and bringing us together in His Name.
May the wonder of His grace keep you in awe this day… 🙂