I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace—bearing with one another in love— with all humility and gentleness—with patience.
If we do not have these attitudes toward fellow believers, we are not walking in a manner worthy of the calling to which we have been called.
Even though we have many differences, we have certain essentials in common. The verses following the passage above tell us that there is one Lord, one Spirit, one God and Father. One faith. One baptism.
When we have these things in common, we are part of one Body with members everywhere—across the oceans, across national boundaries, across state and county lines, across denominational lines, across our communities, across the street, across the fence. Many members. Only one Body.
We must bear with all the other members of the Body in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. That is a manner worthy of the calling to which we have been called.
For the Kingdom,