Eph. 4:1-3 Therefore, I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Always keep yourselves united in the Holy Spirit, and bind yourselves together with peace.
Paul was in prison for serving the Lord. He knew the price he paid for being a faithful servant was steep, yet for him, it was well worth it. He knew the realness of God’s presence and blessings and longed deeply for the church to have the same connection to God he had.
The great need every believer has is to live a life worthy of our calling in Christ Jesus. Jesus should be our motivation for godly living. He is holy, without fault in any way. He is the fullness of God within us. We claim to have Jesus in our hearts so He should influence every aspect of our lives. We should take on His nature and cease to display sinful characteristics.
We should be godly in our relationships. Instead of fault-finding, arguments, jealousies, and using others for our personal gain, we should be supportive, kind, gentle, patient, forgiving, loving them, even as we are loved by Christ.
We should always strive for unity in fellowship. We should be more about maintaining peace than we are own agendas. Satan is bent on dividing the body of Christ so that we will be rendered weak and ineffective in our witness for Him. We need to resist his efforts and always strive to be one in Christ for the glory of Christ in the world. In order to do this, we must sacrifice our pride on the altar for the sake of Christ. Pride is the number one cause of division within and among churches. Unity in fellowship is possible if we determine together to keep Christ as our Lord in all things. Peace is a reality for all who keep their eyes focused on Christ alone.