When we live and act in accord with God’s calling as becomes us, our conduct makes for deep and enduring relationships in the unity given by the Spirit.
The character traits of our conduct are humility, gentleness, patience, tolerance and love. Putting such conduct into action, we are “diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Paul tells us. “I, then, the prisoner for the Master’s sake, entreat you to live and act as becomes those who have received the call that you have received—with all lowliness of mind and unselfishness, and with patience, bearing with one another lovingly, and earnestly striving to maintain, in the uniting bond of peace, the unity given by the Spirit. Ephesians 4:1-3 WNT
The NASB puts it: “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;one Lord, one faith, one baptism,one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:1-5
The unity given by the Spirit shows forth in the fruit of the Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:22-26 NASB
The unity of the Spirit shows forth the kingdom of God. And, the Kingdom of God consists of “right conduct, peace and joy, through the Holy Spirit.”
For the Kingdom of God does not consist of eating and drinking, but of right conduct, peace and joy, through the Holy Spirit; and whoever in this way devotedly serves Christ, God takes pleasure in him, and men highly commend him. Therefore let us aim at whatever makes for peace and mutual upbuilding of character. Romans 14:17-19 WNT
The one who abides in Jesus, the Messiah, must live the same way He lived.
My little children, I’m writing these things to you so that you might not sin. Yet if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus, the Messiah, one who is righteous.It is he who is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the whole world’s.
This is how we can be sure that we have come to know him: if we continually keep his commandments.The person who says, “I have come to know him,” but does not continually keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth has no place in that person.But whoever continually keeps his commandments is the kind of person in whom God’s love has truly been perfected. This is how we can be sure that we are in union with God:The one who says that he abides in him must live the same way he himself lived. 1 John 2:1-6 ISVThe Presence and Power of the Triune God:
Three distinct Persons in one nature, coequal and interpermeating, the Life of the Father and the Son is imparted through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is this ministry that fulfills God’s promises to all who believe His word. It is this ministry that advances the Kingdom of God and glorifies His name. The Lord is our guide who unfolds His will for us step-by-step. The agenda must be His. As such, our only agenda should be to walk with Him in moment by moment obedience, clothed with His power and filled with His love. Ray Ashmore