This morning, we continue to look at the characteristics of a Spirit Filled Church.
Ephesians 4 v 1 – 4
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 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, just as you were called to one hope when you were called
Yesterday, I was listening to a live broadcast of the vigil in Manchester City Centre remembering those that had lost their lives in the terrorists atrocities the night before. I was struck by the sense of unity of the people that spoke and the sense of hope and purpose that unity brought. It would be good to take a moment, this morning, to pray for the families and friends of those who lost their lives and to pray for peace and justice in our world.
The Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians about the the unity that flows from a spirit filled life. For unity to flow we need to be full of the Holy Spirit and be humble and gentle. We also need to be patient and bear with one another. He goes on to talk about making an effort – in other words to promote unity we have to be intentional.
Unity is not cheap. It is the product of sacrifice. The real depth of a person is determined by what causes them to walk away.