Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
Unity. It’s at the heart of God’s Church. But when we’re all so far away from one another, how can we be united? We must be united in and by his spirit.
It’s pretty easy right now to see people claiming their rights, and rightfully so. We have the right to our opinions, to our feelings, to our political views – but we never have the right to be hurtful with those feelings or views. These two verses from Ephesians remind us that it is our calling, our obligation, and even our joy to be unified with Christ and his Church through the power of the Holy Spirit.
When we’re distant from one another we can still be unified in prayer. We can be praying for each other, interceding for our leaders, and asking for God’s favor on our communities. We can pray together over the phone, Zoom, or Face Time. We can make a prayer list and share it with our circle of friends so that, even separately, we’re unified in our prayers.
And when differing opinions and views seem to pull us apart more than bring us together, we can “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” We can be gentle with one another, we can be patient. We can love each other in and through our differences.
These actions bring unity. These prayers draw us closer together. As you pray today, would you invite God to impress upon you where you can promote unity, demonstrate patience, and love others well?