If we want to impact our community, there must be unity; unity with God, with mankind, and unity in the church. Today we will learn the characteristics of unity and the key to working together as one body.
Therefore, I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4:1-3 NASB
3 Examples within Ephesians
1. Unity (among God and Man)
2. Unity (between Mankind with one another)
3. Unity with (Mankind in the Church)
Characteristics of Unity
Humility—(lowliness, the opposite of Pride)
Gentleness—(meekness, ready to suffer a wrong)
People who do not get along with others are interested only in themselves; they will disagree with what everyone else knows is right.
Proverbs 18:1 GNT
Patience—(Suffering long, slow to anger)
Tolerance—(forbearance, to put up with)
Love—(agape, Family affection)
If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
Romans 12:18 NASB
1) (Be diligent)
2) (Be dependent on the Holy Spirit)
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
Psalm 133:1 NIV