“Diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us.” (Ephesians 4:3 CSB)
The word translated above as “diligently” has been translated in other ways. In some Bible versions you will read the word “endeavoring.” That’s a good word, but it isn’t strong enough. Keeping the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace is not just an endeavor. It can also be translated as “earnestly” or “zealously.” Literally, the word means “to make haste.” That suggests to carry out a task with all dispatch, with full priority, with full speed ahead. NASA would say, “Go with throttle up.”
Christians are bound tightly together by the peace of God, the “shalom” of God. This peace comes to us through the unity that the Holy Spirit provides. It is possible for us to destroy this unity. We know this is possible because we are told to “keep” this unity, which means it is possible to not keep it, or, to destroy it through divisiveness. It thus takes an effort on our part to keep this unity, so that we may enjoy a fellowship of peace. The effort it takes from us must be put forth “diligently.” Our efforts at keeping the unity of the spirit must be zealous, earnest, speedy, with endeavor, with priority, and with all diligence. Without unity, there is no peace. Without peace, there is no love. Thus, keeping the unity of the Spirit must be a primary focus for us.
Lord, As much as it depends on us today, help us to give all diligence toward keeping the unity of the Spirit. Amen.