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Before It Falls Apart - One Year Devotions for Women

Always keep yourselves united in the Holy Spirit, and bind yourselves together with peace. - Ephesians 4:3

Do you make every effort to maintain the unity that already exists between Christians? We are exhorted to make that our goal.

My sister, who has been a valuable model to me in maintaining excellent personal relationships, said one day, “I refuse to have a row with that girl—life’s too short to fall out with anyone.” We can refuse to have a row if we want to. That is making an effort to keep what we already have—unity. The problem is that if we have unity among ourselves, we sometimes ignore or neglect it. We start to work on it only when a relationship falls apart! But we must get to work before it falls apart. We must endeavor to maintain it. We do that by building an already good relation-ship into something even better. That takes time and effort.

We have good relationships with our church staff, but they can always be better. We schedule regular times to eat, to have fun, and to pray together. It’s such a comfort and delight to meet with people on the same spiritual level as ourselves and enjoy a time of maintaining our unity!

I have a friend who often spends time with me—playing tennis, talking, shopping, or just relaxing—and she never fails to say before she leaves, “Let’s pray together.” It’s just a brief glance heavenwards, but what a bond of peace it adds to our relationship!

What practical things are you doing to maintain the unity of the Spirit?

For Further Study: Ephesians 4:1-10

Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for Women, Copyright ©2000 by Jill Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

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