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Actually, it is yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) reading but I am just now reading it at 9:26 pm on Tuesday. Ephesians 4
Verse 1 Paul (in part) says:
I . . . beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called.
And in Verse 2 he tells us how we can lead that worthy life.
Are you ready for it?
2 Always be humble, gentle and patient, bearing with one another in love, 3 and making every effort to preserve the unity the Spirit gives through the binding power of shalom. source
Let’s list how we lead this worthy life.
make every effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit
What sums all this up? I mean what makes it doable?
The Binding Power of shalom — peace.
Peace with GOD and the
Peace of GOD.
How do we stay in this Peace of GOD?
Well, let’s see; that would be by having (exhibiting)
with one another.
I suppose we could say we walk it out — this humbleness, gentleness, and patience.
It would seem if our tongues, our hands, and our feet do not show us to be (do not give evidence that we are) humble and gentle and patient — then we are not living out the Peace of GOD.
And we surely then are not keeping the Unity of The Spirit with each other because it takes the BINDING POWER of PEACE to keep the Unity of The Spirit among us.
Pretty simple to be so vital, isn’t it?
And there’s one more word he uses: always.
This could be discouraging, couldn’t it?
But let’s not let it be.
Instead, let’s just
Practice. Practice. Practice.
Until JESUS comes to get us.