“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3
Father, as Deeper Still grows, we ask for unity in the teams. We ask for the leaders of the teams and the team members to understand the power of unity and understand the importance of fighting to keep the unity of the Spirit. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Unity doesn’t just happen. If it did, Paul wouldn’t have had to write Ephesians 4:1-3. When he says, “endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace“, there is an understanding that acquiring and maintaining unity must be intentional.
How many churches have split over minute issues? How many divisions have there been in ministry over mishaps? The power of unity is to be sought for and fought for.
Earlier this year, I had a misunderstanding with a friend who served with me in another ministry and offense entered. It wasn’t my intention to offend, but offense does not care if it was invited, it will just come and try to crash any Kingdom party.
Knowing I had offended my friend, I asked for her forgiveness. She admitted she had been offended and forgave me easily. The Lord had already begun speaking to her about the offense and revealed to her I did not intend harm. Prayer had been the catalyst to all this misunderstanding being resolved and all was well. We were able to easily move forward in serving together with unity. It was a beautiful resolution and we both grew in the process.
Later on, another friend we served with in this ministry asked me about the situation and how we were able to resolve it so quickly and move forward. I answered her, “The mission is too great. The mission is greater than any small differences or misunderstandings. We cannot afford to be offended and lose unity when there is a mission as great as the Kingdom of God.” There were ladies who needed to be loved on. They needed to hear about freedom in Christ. Disunity would have hindered the work of the Lord and that just wasn’t acceptable.
The mission is too great.
What if we applied this mantra to other areas of our lives? Our marriages? Relationships with our children? Relationships with others in our church family? The power of unity is vital. There is no limit to what the Lord will do with a team that is unified. Friends, the mission is too great. Let’s endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.