Ephesians 4:1-3 - I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
I have a friend who is a really good cook but isn’t the best at following a recipe. She’s more of a “jazz chef”: making it up as she goes along. When we were in recovery from the birth of our son, she made our family a meal that we really enjoyed. I wanted to learn how to cook it myself, so I asked for the recipe. She became kind of avoidant until finally I realized: she didn’t have a recipe because she made it up on the fly.
Though it can be a challenge to navigate at times, and can resemble “jazz,” God has not only given us the recipe, but also the ingredients for flourishing relationships.
Verse 2 tells us the recipe requires:
- Bearing with one another in love
All of these ingredients are present through the Holy Spirit unifying our hearts as Christians and joining us together in Christ (“bond of peace” v.3). Our job then is not to “make the recipe from scratch,” but rather continue in - “maintain” (v.3) - what God has already made available to us!
• How does being unified in Christ make you feel?
• Where have you seen the unity of the Spirit and the bond of peace in your Christian relationships? Where has it been challenging to “maintain?”
• Action - Spend some time in prayer praising God for bonding us together as Christians.