Ephesians 4:1-6 Unity is a work of the Holy Spirit in a believer and in a local church. It is a miraculous work, much needed for the church to have authority in a skeptical world. God works toward reconciliation individually first, drawing us to Himself in love. Then through the Spirit, God works to reconcile believers in the body of Christ.
Can a tiger really change its stripes? Can a person really change his/her personality? Can the most vial person become transformed with righteous character qualities? According to the human owner’s manual (Bible) the original manufacturer(God) has designed such a conversion kit for our spirit.
Possibly the greatest evidence for the resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the fact that every disciple was willing to die a tortuous death (and most did), as did many other Christians to the lions and gladiators, before they would deny Jesus. People don’t give up their life for a lie! What turned the disciples from cowards in hiding to victorious witnesses virtually overnight?
Falling in love is one of the greatest experiences anyone can have. There is added energy, resolve, excitement, and joy. God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. God desires so much for us to love Him back. But human love leaks. The added energy, resolve, excitement, and joy of falling in love return to their normal state in due time. What if we could experience falling in love all over again? What if God could put that Spirit inside us permanently?
Isaiah 7:10-16 and Matthew 1:18-25
The scene is George and Mary Bailey’s Wedding day that was interrupted by a “run” on George’s Savings and Loan where panic motivated people to withdraw all their money immediately. Mary even gave up her honeymoon savings to save her husband’s business. Her trust in George was tested that day… much like Joseph’s trust in both God and his wife Mary, even though common sense and society’s rules told him otherwise.