Maintain the Unity of the Spirit

Josh WannerDevotions

1I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  Ephesians 4:1-3

In our text for today, the Apostle Paul exhorts the Ephesian Christians to treat each other “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.” (Eph.4:2)

Paul’s exhortations to the brotherhood permeate Christian life. They are all expansive, leading the Christian to consider his life as a whole, everything he or she does.  Just as in the first century, Christians today do well to take heed to Paul’s words.

These things can readily separate us from those of the world around us. His words are meant to remind us of the challenges that arise when we fail to love and care for each other—the separation that occurs when we fail to treat those around us in the “manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called.” (Eph. 4:1)

In the spirit of brotherly love we exhort each other to love, not to grievous wounding words, or impertinent actions. Abiding in Christ, and he within us, entails all of these things, namely the fruits of the Spirit. As we look to the Chief Architect of our faith, may we continue to walk in unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Prayer: Almighty and everlasting God, through your Son, we have seen the unity within the Godhead. Help us to mirror that unity with others. Abide in us so that we may display fruits of the Holy Spirit to not only our brothers and sisters, but to our neighbors and everyone wherever we go. Keep us humble in walking with you Father, and lead us by thy hand to everlasting life. Amen.

Contributed by Ken Oziah