Listening to the Word
Bond of Peace
“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. There is one body and one Spirit…”
Ephesians 4:2- 4
The attitudes and behavior which express the unity of the Spirit require effort. They are not to be assumed. Token humility, occasional gentleness or patience, and weak love won’t sustain unity in the body of Christ. The bond of peace is our capacity to live in the peace of Christ and share that peace with each other. Both peace and unity are organic realities of living in union with Christ Jesus. As we experience these expressions of Christ’s life in us, we share them with each other. When we are offended, or challenged, or opposed, or tired, or tested, we respond in the Spirit with unity, love, and peace. We act differently toward one another in God’s kingdom because we are different people than those in the world around us. We love as children of God.
“Father, I yield to your life, love, peace, and unity today. My life comes from you. May others experience the unity of spirit and the bonds of peace with me today.”