In this article, John Bettler points out that, in Ephesians, Paul emphasizes the word ‘one.’ He repeatedly refers to being united in Christ: one with Christ and one with each other. Bettler argues that there is a preventive aid against discord found in Ephesians 4:3: “Make every effort to guard the unity.” He argues that we guard the unity with Christian virtues (4:2), by appreciating our oneness in Christ (4:4-6), by using our gifts (4:7-16), by new-man change (4:17-4:24) and by new-man ministry (4:25-5:2). Bettler concludes that once we understand these aspects of our unity, our job is to put them in practice.
Making Sense of Self-Pity
What is self-pity, and how should we view it? How can we turn our self-pity into godly lament that engages […]