Our Daily Elder Devotional
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Today’s devotional comes from my heart.
Unity in the Body of Christ
Ephesians 4:1-3New International Version (NIV)
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4:1-3Amplified Bible (AMP)
So I, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to you to live a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called [that is, to live a life that exhibits godly character, moral courage, personal integrity, and mature behavior—a life that expresses gratitude to God for your salvation], 2 with all humility [forsaking self-righteousness], and gentleness [maintaining self-control], with patience, bearing with one another [a]in [unselfish] love. 3 Make every effort to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the bond of peace [each individual working together to make the whole successful].
- Ephesians 4:2 The key to understanding this and other statements about love is to know that this love (the Greek word agape) is not so much a matter of emotion as it is of doing things for the benefit of another person, that is, having an unselfish concern for another and a willingness to seek the best for another.
We are called to live as Christ lived, in humility and kindness. To repair each others faults and show God’s love to everyone. Let us do a better job than many Christians that call themselves followers of Jesus Christ, but by their actions they prove otherwise. Call upon the Holy Spirit of God to indwell (be permanently present in) in you and guide your thoughts, words and deeds. We need to strive to be more Christ-like as each day passes and it gets closer to His return.