Every year authors and self-help guru’s release new books and or videos. To bring attention to their new products, claims are made that if you read or watch this, you will finally know the secret to this or that. From time to time, there are breakthroughs and theories presented. Yet rarely do these initial claims shine new light on the secret to unity.
Living as becomes you] with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another, Ephesians 4:2.
The apostle Paul starts Ephesians 4 with a disclaimer. While unity isn’t mentioned, Paul does refer to God’s service. In the words that follow, Paul lays out the secret to unity. Similar to the content of Philippians 2:1-5, unity begins by taking on the same attitude of Christ. A series of qualities and traits follow. When you clothe yourself with fruits of the Spirit, unity appears to be possible.
Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace. 4 [There is] one body and one Spirit—just as there is also one hope [that belongs] to the calling you received—Ephesians 4:3-4.
One of the reasons unity doesn’t last is due to a lack of persistence. Just as King Solomon warned one of his sons to guard your heart above all else, Proverbs 4:23, this is designed to create a sense of urgency. Without any leaders from church keeping watch for impending opposition, unity is broken. Therefore, if you want to know the secret of unity, start keeping in step with the Holy Spirit.
by Jay Mankus