The unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace


[I told you that while I must have dozed off in my car while waiting last Friday for Marti to get an MRI at the hospital for a diagnosis of what we are still in the dark about, I somehow remember getting these text messages from the hospital to come and get “the General” out of there because she was taxing their patience. Totally fictitious, but not far beyond the realm of possibility, knowing Marti.]

Mr Fischer, the General is causing our linear thinking medical staff to consider solving problems with humor and insight, and creatively looking at patients as people and not as medical subjects. This is unheard of in the medical profession. It is unscientific and terribly alarming that our patients are actually responding to being connected with our staff and with each other. Where is the professionalism in that? Is this a warm fuzzy support-group or a hospital? Please take the General off our hands before she turns this place into a mission field!

Of course connecting is what the Body of Christ is all about. We are all connected to one another by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the source of our oneness. “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3) Notice the effort is in “keeping” the unity, not “creating” it. He provides the unity that we already have. We don’t create it, we keep it as one might keep Christmas. We celebrate the unity, we count on it —  acting in every way as if it were there, because it is, even when dealing with someone who is vastly different from us, or in some cases should be our enemy. When you reach for the unity, it’s there. This is how we know that we are of God. We are keeping the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

But take heed to always remember that the unity comes from the Spirit. It does not come from us.

The church is not a collection of individuals who happen to agree upon certain ideas. The body of Christ is bound together in the Lord.  It is a supernatural connectedness of all believers by the mystical union of the Holy Spirit. It may be the General but more than likely it was the Lord within you that sought out connecting to us so that we might be a body operating in the totality of Christ.

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