Paul tells us in the book of Ephesians to “be eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). I take that to mean that the Holy Spirit is the great giver of unity. “In one Spirit we were all baptized into one body — Jews or Greeks, slaves or free and all were made to drink of one Spirit”
(1Corinthians 12:13).

I don’t think I need to remind you of the unrest that is present around us. As a nation, we have had one distraction after another thrown at us, causing confusion, at other times, chaos. During these times of uncertainty it can be easy to find ourselves partnering with fear and not even realize it. These times can also thrust our attention back on Jesus and off of self. If you have not sought God’s thoughts recently as much as you have sought your neighbor’s opinion, I encourage you to do so today. I’m stepping on my own toes here too. We can be in unity with a lot of things, but not all are good or God honoring. When we align ourselves with God and His word, the Bible says we honor Him. When we serve and love others, we honor God. And according to scripture, when we promote truth in Christian unity, we honor God.

Friends, God knew it would be difficult for Christians to follow through, and because He loves us so much, He sent us a helper, Holy Spirit to help fulfil each assignment He has given us. By His grace, He also sends like – minded friends to lock arm-in-arm with; in Christian unity, for such a time as this to promote Jesus! THANK YOU to our long- time supporters and to our new family members too for partnering with us as we are eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

As we celebrate Independence Day this year, may we stop to reflect what freedom means to each of us. As we exercise those freedoms, may our thoughts honor God and our words be seasoned with truth in love desiring peace.