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Stay United in Christ

Ephesians 4:3-6 (NIV)

"Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."


Good morning Ekklesia,

In the wake of last night's debate, which echoed the divisions that seem to pervade every aspect of our society, we are reminded of the critical need for unity. The Apostle Paul, writing to the Ephesians, urges believers to maintain the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. This call is not just a lofty ideal but a practical mandate for us as followers of Christ.


Paul emphasizes that there is one body and one Spirit. Despite our diverse opinions, backgrounds, and political affiliations, we are all part of the same body of Christ. Our unity is rooted in our shared faith and the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. This unity is not superficial or forced; it is a profound spiritual reality that we must strive to reflect in our daily lives.


The Greek word for "unity" (henotēs) used by Paul signifies a oneness that transcends mere agreement. It implies a deep, spiritual harmony that comes from being united in Christ. The bond of peace (sundesmos tēs eirēnēs) is a binding force, like a ligament that holds the body together. This peace is not just the absence of conflict but the presence of wholeness and well-being.


What can we do as the Ekklesia?


1. Prayer for Unity:

Begin each day by praying for unity among believers and in our nation. Ask God to help you see others through His eyes and to respond with grace and love, even in disagreements.


2. Practice Humility and Patience:

Engage in conversations with a spirit of humility and patience. Listen more than you speak and seek to understand rather than to be understood. Remember that your primary identity is in Christ, not in any political or social stance.


3. Act in Love:

Demonstrate your commitment to unity by performing acts of kindness, especially toward those with whom you disagree. Love is the most powerful force for unity, and it is through love that we reflect the heart of God.


4. Promote Peace:

Be a peacemaker in your community. Stand against divisiveness and encourage reconciliation. Use your influence to build bridges rather than walls.


In these ways, we embody the unity of the Spirit and fulfill our calling to be one body under one Lord. Let us rise above the debates and divisions, showing the world that in Christ, we are truly united.


Heavenly Father, we thank You for the unity we have in Your Spirit. Help us to live out this unity in our daily interactions. Give us the grace to love and understand one another, and to work together for the common good. May our lives reflect the peace and oneness that come from knowing You. In Jesus' name, Amen.


LoveUmorethanUknow, Pastor Stephän Kirby

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