>> Saturday, May 9, 2009
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3 KJV)
So often we say we believe in the Lord Jesus, we believe His Words and yet we seem to stumble in the darkness to obey. Paul is saying here, I beseech you, instruct, encourage, call for that you walk worthy of your divine invitation with that you are called. And as you walk worthy of that divine calling, walk in lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another, not just forbearing, forbearing one another in LOVE.
The scriptures tell us if we love Him we will keep His commandments (John 14:15). Are we believing this to be the Words of the Lord exhorting us on our behavior towards one another? Do we have the evidence of love towards all? If not it is not genuine to even the few. Love.... Love.....Love of Jesus is pure and easily to be entreated by all. Paul goes on to say Endeavor, exert one's self, give diligence to keep the unity or the bonds that bind together in the Spirit in the bond of peace, harmony, security, and safety.
Paul knew if we could do this in LOVE then we would build a bond of sweet fellowship that is unbreakable. Something that once we believe to be true, would understand the importance of obedience that would bring blessings and answers to prayer. Anything outside of this truth hinders the work of the Lord, not only to the rebellious christian but also to the body of Christ. The ripple effect! Shouldnt that sober us for a desire not to hinder "God" working? Who in their right mind would want that accountability.We know the evidence of Spirit moving because verse 4 tells us there is ONE, just one of the following:
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. (Ephesians 4:4-7)If we are not yielded to the Oneness of the Spirit we are not under the Holy Spirit, we are under false, deceptive spirits. We are given the same exhortations to do right, regardless of feelings and emotions. We are called in the same hope, Jesus Christ, the same Spirit, the Holy Spirit the same body, Jesus, one God, one faith.
Why do we divide the truth for division, why are we not multiplying the solution!!!!! We cannot ignore the truths of God's Word. How do we move about in ourselves, justifying anything opposite of what we are called to do. We either BELIEVE this to be truth or not. If we believe it, we will embrace it, be obedient to it and love the blessings that comes from trusting in it. However, if we are causing disunity, not loving the brethren, backbiting, gossiping, slander, jealously, envying, whatever, we are under the spirit of bondage and prisoned within our own hearts.
To be set free, even as a believer, you must BELIEVE.