Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
During a competitive round, each of the players keeps a scorecard for himself or herself as well as for the other playing partners. Once the final putt on 18 is holed, the scores are reconciled before they are submitted for scoring purposes. If there are any differences, the errors can be fixed before the final cards are signed.
Interestingly, much of the New Testament was written within a decade. Amazingly, the writings are in agreement and each author provided more clarity of some events than the others. They are in agreement both internally and externally. Do you think a group of writers today could narrate an event with such unity and agreement? Consider how many times a group of golfers even have corresponding scorecards of what happened within a four hour round.
The entire writing of Acts emphasizes the unifying power and urgings of the Holy Spirit. We don’t always have to agree on every aspect of the church and its day to day offerings, but every work of the Holy Spirit fosters unity among believers.
The Holy Spirit desires a unity among us from within which results in a spiritual agreement with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Contentions and external personal strivings are not a characteristic of the Holy Spirit. Let us be aware of any desires or conflicts which are contrary to the yearnings of the Holy Spirit. His presence is to be both respected and honored.