All One Body in Christ

From Ephesians 4:

Walk in a manner worthy of the calling (v.1)…with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (v. 2-3)…. But to each one of us, grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift (v. 7)…but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up into all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ (v.15), from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love (v.16). And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption (v. 30). Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice (v. 31). And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you (v. 32).

We are all one body, those of us in Christ. We are not all the same. We don’t all think the same, or reason the same, or act the same. But we are all one body.

And in this body, it is Christ who does the “proper working of each individual”. It is Christ who “causes the growth of the body”.

My job is not to fix it all. My job is humility, gentleness, and patience. My job is forbearance in love, preserving unity in the Spirit in peace.

Ephesians 4
Ephesians 4

Grace is given to all according to Christ’s gift. Grace is given to me. I’m not always right, even if I think I am. Grace.

Forgive each other, just as God in Christ has forgiven you.

Lord, may I live a life of grace for those around me today. May I live a life of grace for all those You match me up with today. May I live a life of grace for me today. May I live a life of grace, preserving the unity of the Spirit, in peace.

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