Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
UNITY OF THE CHURCH FOR THE WITNESS OF LIFE
Ephesians 4 :1-6
V 2. Be always humble, gentle and patient. Show your love by being tolerant with each other.
The epistle of Ephesians exhorts everyone on the importance of unity of the church and how to live in community with tolerance. Apostle Paul is explaining here the biblical and theological basis for unity among church members. In the first half of the epistle we learn what exactly the unity is and second half explains as to how it should be practiced.
Verse 1 urges everyone to walk in unity because it is required by our divine calling. Believers are reminded that we share a common faith, hope, transformation, common blessings from one God whom we call Abba or the Father. If we claim that all are the children of God in faith and love, unity is something interwoven into the foundation of Christian life. We have been called to life in Christ to be his children and his inheritance. He bought us for a price, so we are slaves to that master in all our dealings. We are called to live a holy and blameless life, a life of redemption, a life of hope, to be part of God's family and therefore called to a life of unity with all fellow believers.
Paul continues to remind our that we have to live a life worthy of his calling, a walk that conforms to our new redeemed life in Christ, relinquishing our old self. It should reflect a transformation in Christ and with a unity which is consistent with the body of Jesus our Lord. Walking in unity should be manifested and reshaped in our character, values, opinions and attitudes. Humility of mind enables everyone to respect each other as better. Gentleness or meekness also go hand in hand with our humble nature.
Lastly the unity is based on our confession that we are guided by one body and one spirit, and the indwelling spirit of the Lord binds believers into one body. One God who is transcendent over the church, is sovereign overall , should enlighten our hearts and minds with the power of His spirit to lead us all in good deeds. Amen.
Father God, we are estranged from your divine calling, attitudes and knowledge of you. Give us strength through your holy spirit to manifest a life of unity among fellow believers, and strangers alike.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“We cannot expect the world to believe that Jesus' claims are true, and that Christianity is true, unless the world sees some reality of oneness in true Christians” . Francis Schaeffer.
Dr.John K.Thomas Tabor MTC Staten Island NY
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church