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On The Same Page

"Be Completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace" (Eph. 4: 2-3).

Have you heard the term, "being on the same page?" Whenever we deal with the group dynamic, being on the same page helps to create a kind of harmony. It does not preclude that there can be healthy discourse and disagreement. Being on the same page means that all are working toward the same goals. I think that the apostle Paul is talking about the church in today's verses. He begins chapter four with an appeal to their calling. Everything that we say and do as Christians should be geared to bringing glory to our Lord. Within the church we ought to deal with one another by being humble, gentle and patient....Bearing with one another in love. Hopefully, this will then extend to our relationships with all people within our sphere. Paul implies that having these characteristics should bring a unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. He offers us seven great principles regarding that unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace and lists them for us here in the book of Ephesians.

"There is one body and one Spirit----just as you were called to one hope when you were called----one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all" (V 4-6). It is clear to me that the Lord desires a oneness. He wants us all to be on the same page. I've heard a lot of sermons on these verses and what they mean. What seems to be clear through it all is the call to unity. Paul calls it a unity of the Spirit. "And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way" (Eph. 1: 22-23). The seven principles go back to the very idea that the church is the body of Jesus...The one body of Jesus...I believe that He wants us to be on the same page...More next week...

Have a great day...Go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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