Words from the Heart for Saturday November 21st, 2020
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4:3 (NIV)
Unity of the Spirit
Unity, United Progressive Movement and United Reform were the names used in Canada by a popular front party initiated by the Communist Party of Canada in the late 1930s. The unity movement included Communists, members of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, supporters of the Canadian social credit movement, and other populists and reformers opposed to the Liberal and Conservative parties. Dorise Nielson was elected in North Battleford under the Unity label, and Walter George Brown was elected as a United Reform Member of Parliament in Saskatoon.
Ever since sin entered into the world, conflict has been a destructive force. This is the case in human relationships, in geopolitical conflicts we call wars, which have taken the lives of untold millions over the course of human history, or in the one-on-one relations between friends or brothers and sisters in Christ that has led to broken relationships and broken hearts. Jesus knew that unity within the family of God would be a challenge and so He prays in John 17 that His followers might be one. So, it isn’t surprising that Paul gives this command in Ephesians 4:3: “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Each follower of Jesus is called to work hard at ensuring unity with the Body of Christ. This isn’t always easy. We need to set aside our own agenda and put others ahead of ourselves. We are called to serve one another, just as Jesus served us by laying down His life. There is no place for ego in the Kingdom of God. What can you do today to keep the unity of the Spirit in your local church?
These have been words from the heart.