Keeping the Unity of the Spirit
A Sermon on Ephesians 4:2-3
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (ESV)
Do you ever struggle to get along with a brother or sister in Christ? Conflict is an ongoing part of life today, just as it was for the church at Ephesus. This challenging message by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones opens Paul's letter to the Ephesians and address how Believers can live in unity and peace. Rather than ignore sin or avoid confrontation, we must quickly exhort and forgive one another, guarding the unity of the Spirit, and guarding the fellowship of believers. This is supernatural unity that can only belong to those indwelt with the Spirit. Therefore, to not guard this unity is actually a grievance to the Holy Spirit. So how can we guard our Holy Spirit unity? Lloyd-Jones proclaims that being humble, gentle, patient, and bearing with one another are critical characteristics of believing relationships. We must do this because we love one another and we desire to guard our unity. Just as parents humbly serve and instruct their children with patience and gentleness, we must do the same thing with our brothers and sisters in Christ. This sermon will be a great encouragement to your personal fellowship with the church body.