To live in unity and peace as the community of faith can be a challenge. It takes effort. Paul reminds us of our call as the body of Christ to work together for the common good. To best accomplish this he offers three key characteristics to strive for: humility, gentleness, and patience. When this is how we each walk, unity is much easier to accomplish.
Paul also calls for us to bear one another up in love. What does this look like? It looks like coming alongside a brother or sister in Christ when they have lost a loved one. It looks like showing up when a single mom needs a hand around the house. It means showing up to babysit a young couple’s children so they can have a date night.
At first glance maybe it seems unity may be hard because we appear to be quite diverse. But diversity is good. When we are diverse we all have unique gifts, perspectives, and thoughts that we can offer to each other. Paul reminds us, though, that we do have much in common. We worship one Lord and are guided by one Holy Spirit. We share one common faith. We practice one baptism. We hold onto one hope. We come together as one to worship one God and Father over all and through all and in all.
Together in unity we are strong and powerful and able to do much for God.
Scripture reference: Ephesians 4: 1-10