Unity In God and In The Church

22nd October

Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each others faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourself united together in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.

Ephesians 4:2-3

We can only love others because we have been loved by God first. It is only when we experience and come to the knowledge of God’s perfect love for us that we can even begin to love others. It is only when we realise that God loved us when we still sinners and keeps on loving us in spite of our faults and failures, that we begin to understand how great the love of God is for us. It is with that same love that we are commanded to love others with.

It is that love that helps us be gentle, humble and patient. It is that love that acknowledges people’s faults yet still loves them. After all, it is these characteristics that God shows towards us and so much more. His love is the standard by which we should love others with.

In addition to God’s love, we have been given the Holy Spirit as a gift to lead and guide us in our daily lives. It is His power that enables us to love with Jesus’ love and His power that binds us together in peace. This is why it is so important to be filled daily with the Spirit. Moreover, let us God daily reveal more of His love towards to us, so that we can understand how much we are loved by God and love others with that same love. Unity in the body comes from being united in Christ’s love and being empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Living Our Lives For Christ

21st October

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.

Ephesians 4:1

Paul’s heart for God’s church to grow in Spiritual maturity is clear to see throughout all of his letters. No matter where he was, in prison, in chains or free, he was always encouraging God’s church to deepen their roots in their relationship with Him and live lives set apart for Christ’s glory.

That same call is as true today and is was when this letter was written. Just as the church in Ephesus was a beacon of light in a dark and hopeless world, so it is with today’s church too. The security we have is that all victory comes from Christ. It is Christ who gives us the strength to persevere, to stand firm and live lives worthy of our calling we have received from God. Furthermore, each of us, through God’s grace, have been given a personal calling by God, equipped for the cause with His gifts and commissioned by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Let us live for Him in all we do by His grace and power. Let us lean on God daily for our strength and the Holy Spirit for guidance. We can, through the power of Jesus’ resurrection, live lives worthy of the call we have received.