Make Every Effort
June 08, 2020: SOAP #3840: Ecclesiastes 7-9; Ephesians 4
Scripture: Ephesians (NIV) 4:3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit"just as you were called to one hope when you were called" 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Observation: We are not striving to create unity, but to keep it. It is ours through our relationships with Christ. It is naturally expected that we should desire to maintain unity, even work to keep it.
There really is only one body and one Spirit. We are all in the same body and in-dwelt by the same Holy Spirit. Could the Holy Spirit be in conflict with Himself? No! Then neither should those who are led by that same Spirit!
The things we have in common (verses 4-6) are more than the things we do not have in common. If not, then surely the value of the things we have in common is much greater than the value of the things we do not have in common!
Application: I am to 'make every effort' to keep the unity the Holy Spirit has put in the body of Christ. It may be hard to do. It may take some work. It may take some sacrifice on my part. I am to 'make every effort!'
Prayer: Holy Spirit, I know you are working in my heart to apologize when needed, to forgive when needed, to follow your leading in all things. Be glorified in my life I pray. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!