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Reading: Ephesians 4: 1-6

Verses 4-6: “There is one body and one Spirit… one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all”.

In a different season in my life I went backpacking once a year. The backpack was my existence for that week. The pack would carry the tent, my pad and sleeping bag, my food and cooking gear, the stove and fuel bottle, my clothes, my Bible and devotionals, my toiletries, a shovel and some toilet paper, and a water filter. Each of these was essential for my week trekking around the wilderness. If I discovered six miles into the journey that I had forgotten the fuel for the stove, I was in trouble. In a similar way, Paul describes today the essentials for our Christian journey. If we do not have all of these traits inside of us on our journey of faith, we are also in trouble.

Paul encourages us to be completely humble, to be patient, to bear with one another in love. He also encourages us to “keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace”. At times our journey is not always easy. To represent Christ well, it requires humility and patience and love and peace. In the good and especially in the bad these traits are essential because they help us through and they are the things that others notice. The peace in the suffering, the patience in the trial, the love for the unlovable or the unloved – these are some of the marks of the Christian. When we fail to love the other or when we demonstrate arrogance instead of humility, then we do harm to our Christian witness. We must carry all of these traits with us all of the time if we are to live out our faith well as we interact with the world.

Paul closes this section with a great reminder of what unites us as people of faith. He writes, “There is one body and one Spirit… one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all”. We are all one body of believers throughout the world. We are all connected to and through the head, Jesus Christ. It is through Him that we find humility, patience, love, and peace. May others see these traits in us today as we bear witness to our faith in Jesus Christ today.

2 thoughts on “One

  1. IN MY APT BUILDING WE HAVE A FEW LOOKING GLASS MIRROWS ON BOTTOM I TAPE A 3X5 CARD THAT SAYS, GOD LOVES YOU, THEN IN PLACES AROUND OUR BUILDING I PUT UP 3X5 CARDS SO WHEN YOU COME IN , YOU WILL SEE THE CARD GOD LOVES YOU.

    I THINK AT TIMES WE ALL FORGET GOD LOVES US. I WAS TOLD BY A MAN, HE DREAMS SOME DAY HE WANTS TO PUT A BIG SIGN UP ON I 90, SAYING JUST 3 WORDS GOD LOVES YOU..

    CHARACTER IS LIKE THE HOUSE FOUNTAIN ITS BELOW THE SURFACE,
    MUST JESUS BEAR THE CROSS ALONE AND ALL THE WORLD GO FREE.
    NO THERE A CROSS FOR EVERYONE , AND THERE A CROSS FOR ME..

    THE HOLY SPIRIT, SEALS, VELIEVERS AS BELONGING TO GOD, THE BODY OF CHRIST IS THE CHURCH.

    EPHESIANS, I BELIEVE, SEEKS TO UNFIY THERE ONE L I’IIIRD, ONE FAITH , ONE BAPTISM, ONE GOD.
    I LOVE OUR LORD. HE LIVES.

  2. THE GIFT GOD GIVES, PROMOTE SPIRIT MATURITY.
    THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A SEAL , A MARK SEVERS AS OWNERSHIP, WE BELONG TO GOD.
    THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A PROMISE FROM GOD. 😊

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