God's Holy Fire: 'United in the Spirit'

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.
— Ephesians 4:3 NLT

Key Thought

When we open the book of Acts, we hear Jesus promise twice in the first few verses to send the Holy Spirit to empower the early disciples as they go to all nations to share the good news of Jesus. As we read further, we see the Holy Spirit at work to break down every barrier — geographical, cultural, racial, economic, political, and social — to make the people who come to Jesus into one new people. Paul reflects on the great grace of God in Ephesians chapters 1-3. In today's verse, he challenges Jesus' followers to make every effort to keep what the Holy Spirit and the grace of God had worked to create: a people united by the Holy Spirit and held together with the bond of peace. He wanted them to "wage peace"! He wanted them to be peacemakers and not just "peacewanters." Making peace can happen only when we allow the Spirit to control our hearts while we earnestly and diligently strive to be united through the Spirit as God's children.

Today's Prayer

Father, please forgive me. I've been selfish, impatient, and harsh to some of your children. I sometimes haven't been committed to "waging peace" with the same passion as I have sought to get my own way and protect my own position. Please help me as I try to mend relationships and re-establish fellowship with those that I've alienated. Please help me as I seek to have your Spirit take control of my heart and as I seek to live in peace with your children. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

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Illustration of Ephesians 4:3 NLT — Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.

About This Devotional

God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.

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