‘ Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.’ Ephesians 4 v2-3
Isn’t it strange how we as Christians often struggle to work with others we consider different to ourselves? Spiritual brothers and sisters who believe the same things about God, Jesus, life, death and resurrection yet we may reject because they differ on the minutae of doctrine such as infant baptism or the ordination of women or whatever. And yet v2 instructs us that we must be ‘patient …making allowance for each other’s faults because of God’s love.’
How challenging is that? The God of the Trinity lives within each of us through the Holy Spirit and wills us to embrace ‘unity’ not ‘division.’ Or put another way, we are to make allowances for people, forgiving their faults (as they will ours) so that we may keep in step with the Holy Spirit and present ouselves as the people of God, not in word but by action.
Lord, in this season of Pentecost, help us to truly love all you send our way that we (like them) may be the people of Christ who both know you and are known by your love in us as it brings unity to your Church.
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