Ephesians 4 v 2+3 “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowances for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding you together with peace”

Unity in the Body Part 1 

By Myles Tolley

Ephesians 4 v 2+3

“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowances for each other’s faults because of your love.  Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding you together with peace”

 

Jesus’ love is so great that he came to suffer for all our sins to set us free.  He taught and  is teaching us many lessons and He shows us a clear path in which to live and treat others by simply the way He lived and treated others, whilst He was here living a human life facing trials and  struggles that we face.  How many times did He show love to people who treated Him like dirt, or people who society had rejected and cast out. Some asked for His help and He didn’t refuse, some didn’t want His help yet He saw them, felt love for them and showed them His love anyway – whether it be speaking to them, teaching them or even healing them.  He also showed unending patience and love to those close to Him, the disciples and  His family. He taught them daily and showed them miraculous things and despite this, there were many times when they doubted and questioned Him. Yet he never abandoned them or gave up on them. He kept teaching and showing them love, His love for us was that great that even those that nailed Him to the cross He cried out “Father forgive them”, that is love and forgiveness beyond understanding.

 

As Christians we are to follow in His footsteps and in doing this we must look at how we treat each other and  our attitudes to one another, we must show love and respect to each other, whether it be fellow Christians or otherwise, despite faults or offence caused to each other.  We must not judge others or “pick and choose” who we show love and respect to.  This is vital to show those not saved what it  means to be a Christian as  they look at us and we are the ones to show Christ’s love to them, but even before this we must look at ourselves and our fellow Christians for example the members of the church we attend and those closest to us, this must be first if we are to successfully go out into the world and succeed for Christ, it’s no good looking at how we can reach the people of the world if we can’t show those around us in our own congregation the love that Jesus shows us.

It is inevitable that, as humans, we will disagree and fall out, it’s just life!  Whether it is taking offense to something someone has done or said, not agreeing with someone’s opinion or even if someone tries to help us or points out a fault or an area to develop, especially if it’s a sensitive subject, disagreements will occur.

This is normal and will happen but it is essential that we deal with these things in a Godly way, “Always be humble and gentle” and we must show love and respect to each other in order to grow and live as God intended.  We must be united together as one body in order to succeed, dealing with offence or faults in the right way and in the Spirit be at peace with one another following in Jesus’ footsteps.  Lets be bound together as brothers and  sisters in the Spirit despite the odds, despite the trials and overcome the petty disputes and arguments  that the enemy wants us  to fall for.