Berean Lamp Memory Verse - Ephesians 4:3 - (April 26 - May3)
The Berean Lamp Memory Verse for this week is:
“Being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3)
Unity is difficult. And it should be no surprise as God creates each and every person uniquely. We have different ways of processing what happens to us in this life - different ways of reacting to the terrible effects of the fallen nature and how the sin nature plays on our design - we are tempted differently, our thoughts react differently, and we handle our emotions differently. Yet, as Believers we are all bound together by something in common. That common thing is the Spirit of God that dwells in each of us. The Spirit is ONE and the same in each of us. It is only by the Spirit that we can maintain healthy unity in our marriages, families, and in the Church. Yet, while that Spirit is the same between us, we may be at different places in our physical and spiritual maturity, our struggles with temptations, our natural, hard-wired reaction to trials - we can react differently and there can be friction between us. Discord can occur between us, but this discord comes from our human natures and not from the Spirit. There is no discord in the Spirit. Whatever we are struggling with, the Spirit is at work in us at the place we are at, sometimes dealing with the essentials, sometimes working deeper (Acts 15:28-29). How He is working in us may be different from how He is working with others around us, and sometimes this may give the appearance of disunity in the Body, but the Spirit is simply feeding some of us milk and others meat. Yet, the purpose and desire of the Spirit is the same across all Believers: to bring us into greater maturity in the knowledge and ways of God and deeper unity to Christ and His Body. Unity in marriage, the family, the Body, and Christ can only be maintained by submitting ourselves to the will of the Spirit which brought us into unity in the first place. Our chief aim and greatest desire should not be to grieve or quench the Spirit by our natural reactions to the world and its ways, but to submit to the Spirit and so come into greater oneness with the Lord and one another.
May we be patient while the Spirit works in our lives and the lives of those around us - supporting our brothers and sisters in prayer, encouragement, and edification. May each of us submit to the will of the Spirit, to be restored in His unity that binds us all together and makes us one in Jesus. Even so, Amen.
Other verses to consider:
“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3).
“But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him” (1 Corinthians 6:17).
“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:20-21).
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:4).
“But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills” (1 Corinthians 12:11).
“For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13).
“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25).
“For through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father” (Ephesians 2:18).
“So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase” (Acts 9:31).
“And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?” (1 Corinthians 3:1-3)
“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil” (Hebrews 5:12-14).
“Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord” (1 Peter 2:1-3).
“For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials: that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication; if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell” (Acts 15:28-29).
“In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:26-27).
“And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:5).
“For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17).
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14).
“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Romans 8:14).
“For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10-11).
“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30).
“Do not quench the Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:19).
“Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose” (Philippians 2:1-2).