I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3)
Text: Ephesians 4; 1 Chronicles 1-2
These second half of Ephesians (Chapters 4-6) provide a great synopsis of what the Christian life is to be. Notice that it begins with our fellowship together:
The foundation of our Christian walk is our life together. One of the enemy’s best practices to defeat the advance of the Gospel is to divide the people in the church. We are all diverse, we will have differences, and we will annoy and upset one another. Whenever our “unity of the Spirit” is disrupted (and it will be), it is a call for immediate action. The word translated “eager” is about intense effort, all out commitment, and serious action – having been called to “walk in a manner worthy”. That means that we prevent division by being humble and gentle with one another, patient, and we are to be all about “bearing with one another in love.” When division comes, those same virtues are what we must bring to bear, lest the enemy have his wicked way. So, whenever we experience any rubs, any disruptions to our unity, we will say, “No! We won’t put up with that,” and get to work to maintain our precious unity.
in Him, Mike