“3 Make every effort to keep the bond
of peace. 4 There is one body and one
Spirit- just as you were called to one
hope when you were called 5 one
Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one
God and Father of all, who is over all
and through all and in all.”
– Ephesians 4:3-6
This is the key verse that we had discussed during our devotion in our D-Group’s Annual Outing which was held last October 5 at Aquaville Resort Pansol Calamba, Laguna . My D-Group leader, who facilitated and shared his devotion has three main points and I want to share it with you as well.
- We are commanded by God to be united
- We care called to be united
- God’s plan and purpose is fulfilled when we are united
As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are all commanded that we should love as brethren, and endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace and to dwell together in unity, even as one man, as if one soul actuated them all; it is not only to dwell and abide in the house of God, but to associate together there, to go up to the house of God in company, and with delight to join together in acts of religious worship, to serve the Lord with one consent, with one mind and mouth to glorify God, and to be of one accord, having the same love, and to do all kind and good offices one to another in the most hearty and cordial manner, serving each other in love, bearing one another’s burdens, sympathizing with each other in all circumstances, forgiving each other offences committed, praying with one another, and building up each other in their most holy faith, stirring up one another to love and to good works.
Right after the devotion, all of us went back to our own tasks, there’s a group who are in-charged of preparing the utensils, cooking and some of us went swimming, played billiards, chatting and of course while all of them are busy with their stuff, I just get the microphone and sang in videoke. After a while, when everything is all set, we sat down, prayed for the food and ate. There are a lot of appetizing food served but without being biased with my d-group leader, his Bicol express stood out. After we ate, some of us started to swim again, chatting with each other, playing billiards and singing and dancing.
It was a night of fun and fellowship. I don’t get tired on serving them to the best that I can and as long as I can. I am blessed to be part of this group of Godly men that God is the center of all. We may have differences in lifestyle, points of view, profile and background but what made the bond grow stronger and deeper is because of God alone. He is the founder and perfecter of our faith. I’m so excited to witness these men grow more in faith and continue to run the race that God has set before us.
“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14