Unity with Others Begins with Ourselves: Three Virtues that Foster Unity in the Church (and in our homes!) (Ephesians 4:1-3)Shawn Bowen, May 17, 2020
Part of the Ephesians series
1 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. (NIV)
Introduction: Ephesians is a book of doctrine and duty
- Chapters 1-3: Doctrine
- Chapters 4-6: Duty
Three Personal Virtues that Foster Unity
a. Having humility means recognizing the worth of other people and having an unassuming view of yourself.
b. Jesus Christ made humility a virtue. (Philippians 2:3-8)
c. We are to put others first, ourselves second.
2. Gentleness (a.k.a., meekness)
a. Meekness is not weakness.
b. The meek are “strong enough to be gentle.”
a. Patience is born out of love. (1 Corinthians 13:4-6)
b. We are to endure one another’s imperfections because we are all still works in progress. (Romans 2:1-4)
Unity with others begins within ourselves.
1I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (KJV)
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