I was horrified to pull back my couch cover and see how the bonded leather was “unbonding!” After just two years the couch was showing signs of this kind of wear. It was my own fault for not researching the meaning of “bonded leather” before buying it. But because the price was hefty and it was from a reputable well-known brand, I made some wrong assumptions. This kind of leather is made up of many small pieces bonded or glued together. Those that sell it admit that it will only hold up three to five years. What a disappointment!
Today’s verse talks about a supernatural bond of peace that is the work of the Holy Spirit in believers. Those belonging to Jesus come in all shapes and sizes, different races and cultures, social standings, income and education. We are little pieces bonded together making a whole. We are part of one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father! (verses 4-6). And this peace is something we are to strive to keep.
The Lord knows me. He knows how easily I can nitpick and criticize. I so easily focus on differences rather than recognize what unites me with my brothers and sisters. The Lord has shown me incredible grace, and yet I am slow to show that same grace to others. Our unity is more important than me being right, recognized or visible. Our unity can be a powerful draw to the world. And oh how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! (Ps. 133:1)
Thank you Lord, that You make possible this bond of peace. Help me to keep it!