My instincts to avoid dealing with the hurts we both felt may have created temporary “peace”, but it led to underlying strains of distrust. In contrast, though the deep work of “making every effort” to maintain that “bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3) was time-consuming and uncomfortable, it fostered a greater sense of trust and openness in our friendship.
Serving our own interests only fractures us, but Spirit-led unity restores us to each other, as people who have been called to one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father (Ephesians 4:4-6).
And as we patiently seek God’s wisdom and perspective, we make space for the Holy Spirit to work in us first. In response to God’s leading, we humbly make restitution for what has gone wrong, trusting that He is working through us, guiding our conversations and leading us towards a common endgoal—unity in Christ.
YMI Reading Ephesians | Day 8 | Don’t Settle for Surface-Level Peace