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This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & book Ephesians.

One, One, One, One, One, One, One

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
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SCRIPTURE 📖
1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you to live in a way that is worthy of the calling to which you have been called,

2 demonstrating all expressions of humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another in love.

3 Do your best to maintain the unity of the Spirit by means of the bond of peace.

4 There is one body and one Spirit. Likewise, you were called to the one hope of your calling.

5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, through all, and in all.

BACKGROUND
The teachings of Paul to the Ephesians, when generally divided can be 1-3 and 4-6. In chapters 1-3, Paul thought about God and His Son Jesus Christ and the church and our salvation. In chapters 4-6 he teaches practical ways to live as Christians. We see practical ways in which God’s glory enters the church. Then Paul shows how the church will express God’s glory to the world.

God’s great purposes for His church should produce a new quality in the lives of the church members. Paul urges his readers to live as Christ taught us and now lists 4 qualities that believers must demonstrate
1. humility
2. gentleness
3. patience
4. love

The blessings that God gives should not lead the believers to pride. On the contrary, when they see that these blessings are an indication of the standard God expects, they will develop a new humility. All people are of equal value to God. So no one Christian is more important than any other Christian. To be humble means to recognize this. We should not be proud or think that we are more important than other people.

When people or circumstances annoy them and try their patience, they will show love by being patient and helpful (verses 1-2).

There will be many difficult situations that true believers will always have to endure. They will have to endure such times to exemplify their master and teacher Jesus. The cross of the believer always precedes the crown.

People in the church come from various racial, cultural, and social backgrounds, but they must not allow these differences to spoil the unity that God has created in the church (verse 3). After all, they hold all the important things in common. They are indwelt by the same Spirit, they own the same Jesus as Lord and they are children of the same heavenly Father. As fellow members of the same body, the church, they have experienced the same baptism, share the same faith, and look forward to the same salvation (verses 4-6).

Today, we can equally refer to our places of work where we spend the majority of our time each day as our church. Believers must exemplify Christ thereby becoming strong advocates of peace and unity.

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 The Christian advocacy for peace must step beyond social and cultural differences

🔷 Believers must live at peace even with those who hate them and want their downfall

🔷 We must never see ourselves as more important than others who have also been created in the image of God

🔷 Christians don’t always win in the world. They must therefore learn to accept bad situations and wait patiently for God’s appointed time

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Pray for peace in your church
💥 Ask for the enablement to exhibit love and patience

CONCLUSION📙
Peace is a strong springboard for the propagation of the gospel of Jesus. The gospel thrives where there is peace. Believers must be able to put their differences behind them and allow the Spirit of God in them to promote unity, peace, and love.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections