“Be humble. Be gentle. Be patient. Tolerate one another in an atmosphere thick with love. Make every effort to preserve the unity the Spirit has already created, with peace binding you together.” (Ephesians 4: 2-3, the Voice Translation)
These instructions for unity are surely inspiring, but they do seem to require much of us. There’s a sense that we have to become something special, saintly, perfect in order to express this tolerance and cultivate peace.
But we can recognize the presence of God, that He is that atmosphere, filling all space, including our hearts, with Love. We can realize that divine Love is strong and ready and that to claim it and honor it and share it is a powerful gift to us and to others. We should be eager to grab hold of that gift and to do all that we can to preserve what God has already created. Unity.
For this harmonious oneness is not some impossible dream. It is what the Spirit, God, already made. We are, not shall be, one with God, with His Love. So, we are all one with each other through that Love. It is an awareness of this universal brotherhood that awes and humbles us and causes us to want to be gentle and patient.
Let’s encourage and perpetuate an atmosphere that is “thick with love,” with healing, with peace, with connection, with gratitude, with joy.
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