I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Ephesians 4:1-6 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for eternal life through Your sacrifice. Lord Jesus, as these days of wars and rumors of wars occur, I humbly request You teach us how to be unified both with Your Holy Spirit and with our fellow members in the body of Christ. Lord, on our own, we cannot see clearly, for each of us is spurred on by different perspectives and motives, but in You we can find Your perspective and walk in unity with one another. Lord Jesus, please open our hearts and minds to Your truth and Your will for this day. Please guide and direct us into Your plans, not going astray into our own selfish ambitions. Lord, please, teach us who You are and who we are in You. Thank You, Lord. Amen.
Mark 10:6-9NKJV — “But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, ‘and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
It sounds so good during the wedding ceremony.
It seems so simple when you’re first planning a life together.
But it’s so difficult to live daily.
Unity in marriage is a requirement if the marriage is going to survive.
The Lord knows it requires a change of perspective and purposeful choice.
Because when we joined our lives in marriage, God’s Word says we went from two separate people to one.
God tells us we are to look at ourselves and our spouses differently than any other.
That’s not an easy thing to grasp.
It’s even more difficult to live.
Yet, a house divided against itself can not stand.
If a husband and wife live against one another instead of preferring one another, their marriage will crumble.
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; Romans 12:9-12 NKJV
How does a couple walk in unity?
By first being surrendered before God and then making a daily choice to follow His commands, resting in His promises and guided by His Spirit.
We find unity and the ability to prefer one another by being first united with Christ.
Living unto the Lord Jesus with our every part changes our relationships with others.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. 17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Romans 12:14-18 NKJV
If we follow Jesus and His Word first, our ability to become one in marriage makes so much more sense.
Because as we grow closer to Him, we are growing closer to one another.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You that You founded all of society on one institution: marriage. You knew the best way for people to thrive and it is within a loving family. Lord, please help those of us who are blessed with the gift of marriage walk with You in love, unity, and preference. Lord, help us to prefer Your truths above anything else. Help us to be wise, understanding the times we are in and to walk with You in all areas of our lives. Lord, please hold us in Your paths and remove anything which would hinder our walk with You. Thank You, Lord for loving us and giving us the truth, the way to life. Thank You! Amen.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing— Life forevermore. Psalms 133:1-3 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You so much for these words. What truth it is! Lord Jesus, I humbly ask that You bring our lives in line with Your Word. That those who are called by Your name shall be united in You. That our lives might reflect You. Lord, for too long we have allowed opinions, hurts, and disagreements to splinter the body of Christ. Lord, let it be so no longer, but instead bring us to the foot of the cross, where all is level. Lord Jesus, we look to You this day. Please help us to live lives surrendered completely to You. Please heal the hurting and sick, please return the prodigal, save the lost, and protect the innocent. Lord Jesus, I love You. Thank You for first loving me.