Posted by Lynda Davis | Posted in Inspirational | Posted on 14-03-2010
Ephesians 4:1-6 – I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith you are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Dear Friends - May these words of inspiration motivate you to take some positive action in your personal life, and encourage you in becoming mature in the Lord, learning how to live and walk in love, finding out what your individual gifts and callings are, and endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in whatever state you may be in. The 4th chapter of Ephesians is a particularly powerful and life-changing passage of scripture. It is a breath of fresh air to the soul seeking true wisdom and guidance in being not only the best they can be personally, to the glory of God, but allowing their lives to be used by God for the work of the ministry and to edify the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12). It is a perfect expression of the love walk we must strive to achieve in our every-day lives. For there is but one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and is in every believer.
Thus, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit is not unlike striving to keep the peace. It is a labor of love, a work of the heart, and an act of selflessness when self would rather be in control. So be encouraged to mind the things that make for peace. Let us lift our brothers and sisters up with compassion. Let us put their needs before our own and allow the light of God to shine through us to show others the way. My friends, it is an honor to be able to see the needs of others and be willing to assist them. For after all, all that we have and all that we are is from God, and apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5). Once we have received a personal revelation of just how much God really loves us, and that His Son Jesus died and rose again to save us, it makes the benevolent spirit in us catch fire. Once it is settled in our hearts and we understand our individual gifts and callings, then having a spirit of servanthood is both praiseworthy and richly rewarding. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is peace.
Selfless service to others is not common today. It is not the norm to give and do for others without expecting something in return, until and unless you consider the sacrifice Jesus made for us, the ultimate sacrifice. He died that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Scripture says in Isaiah 53:5 - But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and by his stripes we are healed. What a Savior and what a sacrifice!
So no matter what you may be facing today, my friends, God loves you and longs to fellowship with you. His word says if you abide in Him, He will abide in you. As you open up to Him and receive that Love, open your hearts to others and let the blessings begin to flow through you. Reach for the things that make for peace, forgiving others as Christ has forgiven us, speaking words of love and kindness in difficult situations for scripture says a soft word turns away wrath. Again, dear friends, endeavour to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, and the grace of our Lord be with you all.
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