Unity of the Spirit
Sin disrupts relationships and separates us from God. We can readily see these consequences in the account of Adam and Eve. Disobedience hurt their relationship with God and caused them to live apart from Him. Later, their son Cain murdered his brother Abel. Today, sin continues to cause this pattern of alienation, jealousy, hatred, and violence.
But by sending His Son Jesus to die in our place, God the Father made it possible for each of us to be reconciled to Him. When we accept His offer of salvation, we move from a state of estrangement to permanent adoption as His children (John 1:12; Eph. 1:5).
And because the Holy Spirit indwells believers to provide guidance and teaching, we can experience a unity with other Christians, which is expressed through the bond of peace (Eph. 4:3). Since we are all unique, this does not in any way imply uniformity. However, it does point to living in submission to the Father and displaying attitudes and behavior that will strengthen connections with our spiritual family.
Are you already a child of God? Then make living in unity with others a priority (Rom. 12:18). But if you haven’t yet answered God’s call, why not ask Jesus for forgiveness today?
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From In Touch Ministries with Dr. Charles Stanley