Friday, August 30
Today's reading: Ephesians 4:1-16
Paul's message in Ephesians 4:1-16 turns to the necessity of having and maintaining unity among believers. To help emphasize and drive home his point, he highlights the word "one" by repeating it numerous times as he explains unity (emphasis mine).
"There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." (vs. 4-6)
Paul then turns to the functioning of the body of Christ, setting out how when this group is in unity, it "makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love" (vs. 16).
Is it your goal to be in unity with other believers with whom you regularly interact, especially those in your local church? Think back over the past few weeks. Have your actions and words promoted a spirit of harmony? If not, why? What's one thing you can do over the next few weeks to foster, promote and/or maintain unity within your church, a Bible study group or a particular ministry? Tami
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