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Body-building Tip #49 – These thoughts are designed to help members of the body at Grace to encourage one another’s faith.

Eph 4:1,3 “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,… eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

For you to ponder: Paul urges us, not based on being physically restrained in prison but being a willing captive for the Lord, to live our lives in a way that clearly shows Christ is our Lord. To wear the name of Christ well, we must bear with one another in love. Such bearing with one another is to be characterized by an eagerness to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. “Eagerness” implies sparing no effort. In light of the fact that some fellow Christians are hard to interact with, these words confront our frequent half-hearted efforts to build up one another. Eagerness to maintain the unity which God has given by His grace is not avoiding problems. It acknowledges the fact that the relationships we have with one another through the Spirit at Grace are indeed a wonderful gift from God to be guarded and nurtured. It faces the truth that we have a responsibility to encourage one another in the faith with all humility and gentleness with patience so that we might grow to maturity as one body in Christ. We must help to maintain an environment where love and peace encourage growth.

Tip: Eagerness to interact with one another about spiritual matters is a mark of maturity for a body of believers. Eagerness to preserve God-given unity is characteristic of one who is walking in a manner worthy of the calling to which we have been called.

Challenge: Are you eager to share Christ with fellow believers at Grace? Will you help to preserve what God has given us at Grace by seeking to build up one another in Christ?