Ephesians 4:3—”eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

What is this unity of the Spirit?

Unity—unanimity, agreement, oneness.

Paul was urging the Ephesians to maintain their unity in the bond of peace. 

Bond—of ligaments by which members of the human body are united together. 

Bond of peace—exemption from rage and havoc of war, peace between individuals, harmony, concord, tranquility of the soul. 

The body of Christ is held together by the Head which is Christ.  There is one body as we are bonded together through the unity of the Spirit.

Ephesians 4:4—”There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—”

Jesus lived in unbroken dependence upon the Father, living in unity and oneness with God.  He did nothing on His own initiative.  He is leading us to a place of total dependence on Him and unity with each other.

“Jesus lived His life in absolute dependence upon His Father. If Jesus was that dependent on the Father, then you and I should realize how ludicrous it is for us to set out on our own without any direction or guidance from the Father.” ― Henry T. Blackaby, Experiencing God 

I wish there was a list of five simple ways to depend on him. But no– we are dependent on Him to teach us to be dependent on Him.  He is our GPS making a path for a life in unity with His Spirit.  

Proverbs 3:5—”Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  Proverbs 3:6–In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Psalms 73:26—”My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Proverbs 19:21—”Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.”

Isaiah 40:29—”He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.”

John 15:5—”I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”  

Lord, we lean on You, not our understanding, on Your strength, for we are faint; we trust in Your purpose, not ours; we are but a branch dependent on You for fruit that we may live in unity with Your Spirit and with each other.  Bring us to a place of absolute dependence on You each day.

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