Whatever happens, as citizens of heaven live in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together with one accord for the faith of the gospel.- (Philippians 1:27)
At first glance, we are not sure whether the word “Spirit” in this passage should be capitalized or not. Yet as we’ve read this past week, the love we share for each other and the unity that we have in Christ are inspired and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
We stand together, we are part of the same family, because of the tie we share together in the Holy Spirit. Our strength to strive for common goals and to make every effort to be one comes from the unifying power and presence of the Holy Spirit.
The love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and faithfulness we have in our lives come because of the presence of the Holy Spirit. So now, let’s seek to let the Spirit’s influence mold us
and shape us so we can work together for the sake of the good news of Jesus.
Prayer : Almighty God, whatever happens in my life, I want to honor you, share Jesus, and display the fruit of the Spirit. I want to bless your people and stand together in unity with them, working for the cause of the gospel. So I ask for your help to honor this commitment, to keep it foremost in my heart, and to not be distracted or deterred by disappointment, hardship, heartache, or my own fleshly desires. I ask for this grace, in the name and power of Jesus Christ. Amen.