As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. – Ephesians 4:1-6
Just like every parent you long for your family to be united. But our pride and self- centeredness gets in the way. You made us one by bringing each one of us to spiritual life by the gospel. But we easily see ourselves different than other Christians. Give me the humility and gentleness to promote unity with every other Christian I meet. Help me to look for every opportunity to forgive and encourage others rather than criticize. Make my heart a place that others feel welcome and gently handled. Help me be the glue that binds your church as one family.
Pastor Don Patterson
When we make oneness our top priority it’s amazing how little we think of our own opinions.