2–UNITY - The Shoes of Peace
"Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." Ephesians 4:3 NIV
“Many husbands and wives work as a team to provide for the emotional, spiritual and overall needs of their family. How beautiful it is when they bring that sense of teamwork home and model it for their children and for others in their spheres of influence.”— Tony Evans
Lord, unity takes effort. If it didn’t, Paul wouldn’t have written what he did to the church at Ephesus. He told them to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit.” Forgive us as a couple when we feel entitled to unity from our spouse simply because we are married. Forgive me when I expect my spouse to get on the same page with me when I think I am in the right.
Unity takes effort. Effort comes in the form of humility, listening, grace, understanding, patience and also wisdom. Provide me with these virtues in a greater measure so that I can do my part to work toward keeping the unity in our marriage. Provide the same to my spouse, and help us both to respond to each other with peace when the other has neglected these things. Let that peace be a reminder that our unity is a critical tool in Your hands to advance Your kingdom and to bring about Your purpose for us. In Christ’s name, amen.