The book of Ephesians touched my heart today. Especially the chapter that emphasized on us believers living as one. If God came down and asked me how many of His people I have differences with, He wouldn’t be happy.
According to Ephesians 4:3, we need to let peace hold us together. There is one body, one spirit, one hope, one faith, one baptism, there is one Jesus and there is one God. It doesn’t make sense to be believers in Christ and be separated in all of the above because of petty differences. That highlights a meaningless Cross. Is that what we’re trying to preach?
Jesus gave us all gifts so that we can spread the good news. Eph 4:11-12. How can we focus on preaching the gospel with animosity and strife towards one another? We can proclaim to be the most faithful follower of Jesus but that all goes in the gutter when deep down, we can’t forgive eachother as Christ asked us us to. Eph 4:31-32.
How many times have we left the fallen behind? I’m speaking of our OWN brothers and sisters in Christ! Little do we know that each time we hurt others, we hurt ourselves. If we are one body, Eph 4:15-16, And my foot breaks, shouldn’t I mend it so that I can walk properly? Shouldn’t I strengthen my arms so that I can grow and be stronger in love? Eph 4:16.
If we read scripture as much as we claim we do, we would know all of this and our churches would be stronger. We would be able to focus on what’s most important which is spreading the gospel and put less attention on bitterness from the past, childish anger & #nonsense.
Personally, I know I hold bitterness and resentment towards some people in my past but as I continue to read scripture, God teaches me more and more about what’s more important. At this point, I want nothing more but to fix any negativity I can fix and pray about the ones that I tried to fix but can’t. God has plans for me and I’m ready to WORK!