One of the ways we can know we’re living “a life worthy of the calling [we’ve] received” (Ephesians 4.1) is how well we’re “keep[ing] the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (4.3).
We know in every relationship, including those in the church, the potential exists for it to become broken, sometimes seriously. One of the most powerful testimonies we can have to the world is to live in unity with each other. Unity draws people to God; disunity repels.
Four supernatural (as we need the help of God’s Spirit to live these out) characteristics are listed here that show us how we can live in unity with each other: humbleness, gentleness, patience, and forbearing love (4.2). When we live like this and pursue these virtues with diligence, we live in stark contrast to the disunity of the world. This type of life will be noticed!
We know, at some point, all relationships will go sideways. Most in minor ways, but some in significant and destructive ways. No matter the degree, we’re still to respond the same. That’s why we need the power of God’s Spirit to live these virtues—we often can’t do it on our own.
As you welcome God into your day, memorize Ephesians 4.2. When a relationship begins to go sideways on you, call this verse to mind as the first step in allowing the Spirit to help you move toward restoration.
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