United in the Spirit
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.
Ephesians 4:1-4 NLT
Paul is telling us the importance of being “united in the Spirit.” I believe Satan is working overtime to try and divide believers and divide our nation. Satan knows that if we start fighting each other, we will not be able to fight him.
People are not our enemy—Satan is. We must learn to be patient and humble, and by doing this, we will “live a life worthy of our calling.”
I grew up with a sister who was two years older and a brother who was three years younger. There were times we would argue and fight among ourselves—usually prompted by jealously or desire to control. But if anyone from the outside messed with any of us, we were united in our protection of each other. There was something instinctive that we were going to protect our family.
We need that kind of spirit in the Church. We might not agree on everything and, at times, disagree on specific issues. But we should always be committed to each other. The world should know that the Church is always going to fight for each other.
Yes, we are imperfect—but we are family. We may have lots of differences, but the blood of Jesus has redeemed us and united us into the family of God. It is time for the Church to unite and decide that we will love one another.
Holy Spirit, please help me to love my brothers and sisters. Help me to see them as You see them. Help me to listen to their hearts and respond as You would.
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