In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
March 28, 2008 – Unity of the Spirit – Ephesians 4:1-3
The presence of sin disrupts relationships, divides nations, and separates us from God. In the life of the first human family, the consequences of rebellion against God are clearly seen. The sin of disobedience and disbelief hurt Adam and Eve’s relationship with their Creator and caused them to live apart from Him. Later, their son Cain became so angry that he murdered his brother Abel. This pattern of alienation from God, jealousy, hatred, and violence continues today.
Despite humanity’s rebellion, God provided a way to reconcile mankind to Himself and enable us to live at peace with each other. He sent His Son Jesus to carry our sins and die in our place, thereby making it possible for each of us to be reunited with Him. When we accept His offer of salvation, we move from a state of estrangement to permanent adoption as His children (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:5).
At salvation, the Holy Spirit indwells us to guide, teach, and live the life of faith through our being. Thanks to the Spirit’s enablement, we experience unity with other members of God’s family—a unity expressed through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3). This does not mean uniformity, as we all have different personalities and abilities. It does point to living in submission to the Father and displaying attitudes and behavior that will strengthen connections with our spiritual family.
Have you answered God’s call to be reconciled to Him? If not, cry out to Jesus for forgiveness. If you are already a child of God, then make living in unity with your fellow Christians a priority (Romans 12:18).
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