The Unity of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:16)

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Fiji's chapter four verses one through six. I therefore a prisoner for the. Lord. Urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called. With, all humility and gentleness with patience. Bearing with one another in. Love. Eager to maintain the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. 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 overall through all and in all. What a beautiful powerful. Passage, of scripture. As. Paul. Exhorts. The Church at Ephesus to. With eagerness like bend over backward to maintain the unity, you have in the church around Jesus and his word. and. This is a word. I'm convinced we need to your we desperately need to hear and he'd. Amidst a toxic divisive political climates specifically in the United States right now where there's so much tension so much division over political candidates and parties to see the facts of that division in the Church and God is calling us to bend over backwards. To maintain the unity, the spirit in the bond of Peace Now, this isn't just like some ambiguous unity. This is a a strong unity around a strong center, strongest center of all the spirit of God, the son of God, usually around Jesus and his word so. Everyone in the church is gonNA believe the Bible. And embrace the Gospel, and as a result, we have sherrard common foundations when it comes to even political positions on all kinds of things that are clear in the Bible and in accord with the Gospel, like all Christians were united because we all love God's word. We believe what God's word says about marriage about sexuality about life about care for the poor and a myriad of other issues. At the same time. Christians. Who believe the word who loves you this or following us who are making disciples for? Jesus. Sometimes make political calculations. Based on those common foundations we all share in scripture but those political calculations or decisions or positions sometimes very on things that are not clear and direct in God's word. But this reminded that are usually in the church is not based on those kinds of political calculations and positions and even decisions we might make our unity is around Jesus and what is clear and direct in his word. And so when when you have a disagreement with another follower of about something that is not clear and direct in God's word maybe even something you're passionate about it's actually a sign of health in this fallen world to be able to disagree about those things dialogue about those things with honor and respect and love for one another. But in a way that does not compromise unity together around Jesus and his word I. Our unity is not built around political ideology or candidates or parties are unity is built around Jesus and his word, and we clean to Jesus and his word and we. Must. Pray for this kind of unity in a toxic political climate or were continually tempted to accuse belittle and cancel and distrust and disparage deride even divide from other followers of Jesus. Like we are swimming in toxic political waters that. Are, poisoning unity Jesus desires for his church died so that his church might experience. So God, we pray we pray that you would help us. With. Humility. And Gentleness and patience. Bearing with one another in love. To maintain the unity of spirit in the bond of peace as your church during these

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