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. 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.
Unity, unity, unity. Why? Because there is one faith, one Lord, one Spirit, One baptism and one God who is all and in all. I am not sure how the church continues to miss this. The most interesting part of this scripture is that it commands us (me) to live a life worthy, to be humble, patient and bearing. It calls me to make every effort to maintain unity. All of those things are perfectly in my control; I can choose to live this way… How people respond to this is not within my control so I don’t need to focus on that. One of the ways we respond to life is to assert our beliefs, to protect our insecurities and to stand on our version of the truth…because it affirms us. But if we believe in God, if we put our faith in Jesus then we believe this message about one God, one faith etc. If we put our security in this belief then surely we don’t have to live out of all of our insecurities. So be secure in your faith, be humble and gentle and loving towards people because this is who we are in Christ.