“And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.” Ephesians 4:3 The Message
John 20:21-22 and Ephesians 4:1-6 both share a theme of peace. John references Jesus greeting the disciples “Peace be with you” and him breathing on them and imparting the Holy Spirit. He was sending them just as He had been sent. Then in Ephesians it is more prescriptive of how to maintain peace and unity within the body. I like both The Message and The Voice versions.
The Message version speaks very plainly above. The Voice version provides the backdrop:
“Make every effort to preserve the unity the Spirit has already created, with peace binding you together.”
The New Testament is all about community. The interesting part today is what constitutes community? Is it Facebook? Texting? Twitter? Is it sending a message into the blogosphere never to be heard from again? For me, community has looked very different during different times in my life. It looks very different today than it did 10 years ago.
Today I’m in a virtual class with eleven others across the globe with classmates in Germany, Singapore and India, as well as across the United States. This blog that has touched 19 different countries. I have lifted several of those individuals up in prayer. I am thankful for all of them. My sense of community today is much more expansive. It is global.
Lord, please teach me more about community through Your eyes, Your will and Your ways.
John 20:21-22, Ephesians 4:1-6