Paul, traditionally thought to be in prison when he was writing this epistle, desired to instruct the church at Ephesus about the matter of Christian unity. Nearing the end of Paul’s ministry and life, he came quickly to his point and did not mince words. He knew that Gentiles were coming to faith and that may not settle well with the Jews. The sentiments are pointed: Always be humble. Be patient. Let your love for one another be the motivator to pursue unity.
And suddenly the thought occurred to me. The next step is mine. The ball is in my court to pursue unity with my co-worker. It is my responsibility to ask and inquire about her sudden change in disposition toward me. I need to investigate what caused the change in demeanor. I do not know what she will say or if she will even entertain the conversation, but I know I have to make every effort to pursue unity. As sisters in Christ and co-laborers in ministry, our Christian bond needs to be strengthened and this uncomfortable conversation may be the means to do that.
Is there strife or discord or misunderstanding in your relationships with Christian brothers or sisters? If so, maybe Paul’s words will hit you the way they landed for me. You can’t ignore this, do what you can, make every effort to make it right. Open the door to clear the air. The ball is in your court.
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3 (NIV)
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