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One Body

As we grow older, we meet all different types of people. While it’s true that some people share similarities with us and others don’t, we often make the mistake of grouping people by certain distinctions whether it's race, gender, socioeconomic class, interest or even a specific church.

We’re born into a broken world where people can be difficult to love or even get along with, but accepting other believers despite their faults is an essential part of sharing God’s love. In Ephesians 4:2-6, Paul encourages believers to focus on what we have in common -- the saving grace of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit -- instead of what makes us different.

When we treat someone as if he or she does not have a place in the church, we misrepresent Jesus’s love and sacrifice. If this is difficult to accept, remember that we, too, were once separated from God. Jesus came to Earth and died so we could be reunited with our Father in heaven. Grace has been given to each one of us (Ephesians 4:7), which means we have no excuse for not showing grace to others.

Unity doesn't just happen. We have to work at it. Is there someone in the church you're at odds with? Call them today and make amends. Are you struggling to work with others in the church? Find ways complement each other instead of compete with each other. We are all servants of the same God, rescued by the same Savior, sharing the same faith. He who unites us is far greater than the characteristics that divide us.

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