I’m not a big fan of word games like Scrabble or Words with Friends but so many people I know love them. One person told me, it’s fun to piece together words from other words. For example, when you look at the word community, you can piece together: “Common – Unity”. The book of Ephesians was written so that the churches surrounding that area may have a better idea of what it means to live like Jesus. Paul’s main theme throughout the entire book is this idea of common unity.
He writes in Ephesians 4:3, that we have been called to “bear with one another in love doing our best to keep unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”. There is a peace that comes when we are living in common unity, because we were designed for community. This idea that Paul is presenting can be a lot easier to talk about than it is to do. We can often be angry with the people who are around us, or we can hold a grudge when we feel like we’ve been done wrong by someone. This breeds disunity within any community.
Paul encourages us to put away bitterness because, in Christ, we have a new way of thinking. Ephesians 4:32 says, “Instead, be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you”. We are called to live in unity within our neighborhood. As we focus on Christ and come to a deeper realization that God has forgiven us, we will become more open to laying aside bitterness and anger so that peace may be shown in common unity.
In these crazy times, one of the best ways to have common unity or community is join a group for this fall semester. You can check out all the available groups at c3church.info