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I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
 
with all humility and gentleness,

with patience, bearing with one another in love,
 
eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
 
There is one body and one Spirit—
just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—


one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
  one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.

But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
Ephesians 4:1-7

 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 
to equip the saints for the work of ministry,
for building up the body of Christ,
 
until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God,
to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
 
so that we may no longer be children, 
tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine,
by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

Rather, speaking the truth in love,
we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
  
from whom the whole body,
joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped,
when each part is working properly,
makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
Ephesians 4:11-16

Unity

It’s a word I hear tossed around these days

Often misused to the point of turning my stomach!

 

It seems it has come to mean that if I have a strong belief

I must shut my mouth…

Particularly if I am a Christian.

Because my belief is offensive to so many others.

Unity has come to mean that if I have a strong belief I must shut my mouth so I don't offend those who disagree. Click To Tweet

Can Christians be offensive in the way they share their beliefs and values?

Of course!

But they aren’t the only ones.

I am coming to clarity more and more on this issue.

 

Even back in Paul’s day, Christianity was offensive.

Why? Because there is a huge clash

Of worldviews between Christianity and other faiths.

There is a huge clash of worldviews between Christianity and other faiths. Click To Tweet

Am I going to submit my life and my desire

To live a certain way to GOD and His Word?

Or am I going to live the way I please apart from GOD?

 

The end of each of those roads is quite different.

In many ways, we will not come to unity

If we all continue in our same beliefs and paths.              stop

 

But Jesus’ way is recommended here.

This is His worldview:

If you are in Christ, walk in a way

that is worthy of your calling…

With humility, gentleness and patience,

Bearing with each other in love.

If you are in Christ, walk in a way that is worthy of your calling... With humility, gentleness and patience, Click To Tweet

This is the path to unity within the Body of Christ.

That is where we “show off Christ”

That is where people see if the Christian life works

In the Church!

This is the path to unity within the Body of Christ. That is where we show off Christ...in the Church! Click To Tweet

At least that’s how it is supposed to be.

We can rail at our culture all we want.

But if we, as the Church aren’t “showing off Christ” in this way

We are losing our way.

 

What are you doing to show off Christ corporately?

How do you contribute to unity within the Body of Christ where you are?

How does this lifestyle show itself through your behavior
in your home, church, and community?

Is your life characterized by arrogance, pride, lust and anger or humility, gentleness, patience and love. People who don’t know GOD can tell the difference.

 

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