Ephesians 4:3 (NKJV) Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Embodied in the word endeavor is the idea of effort, struggle, taking pains to reach a specific goal. For the church of Jesus Christ to succeed and be a witness in the world for good, it is necessary that we strive, to the point of exhaustion, for peace and unity within the body. We are never to give up this imperative aspect of Kingdom Ministry.

Too often we are ready at the smallest conflict to give up, or to beat up, on another member of the church. We get offended and so we give offense. But that is not the way followers of Jesus Christ; Who was slapped, beaten, scourged, and killed without ever striking back, are to conduct ourselves. Through the strength of the Spirit of Christ, which is in each of His children, and which empowers the church universal, we know that we can overcome any obstacle, forgive any offense, release any grudge, and love any sinner!

It is this Spirit-led, Spirit-filled unity, not the false unity of spiritual compromise or false pretenses; that we are to labor for with supernatural determination and exertion. So, who do you need to forgive right now? What effort do you need to make towards reconciliation with a brother or sister? Do it now for Christ’s sake, and for the sake of advancing the Kingdom of God!

For His Kingdom,
Pastor James

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