1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,
3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Keeping peace and being patient with family and friends is always a good idea.
But it is even more important with the family of God.
In the body of Christ as a whole and in our congregations.
We do not want to cause strife and discord between Christians.
Those things hurt both our faith and our testimony.
In verse 3, the word for endeavoring (some translations may say being diligent) means to make every effort.
To do our best, to be eager and quick to maintain this "unity of the Spirit".
As children of God, we should not be at odds with each other with hot emotions.
Discussions and disagreements can happen, but we can still remain friends and siblings in Christ.
Sometimes things will come up and we will have differences of opinion.
As the Bible says, "iron sharpens iron", we should have friendly debates and discussions.
Be open to being changed by God's word.
Be ready to learn something from someone else.
We should be quick to listen and slow to speak.
I admit to having some struggle with this myself.
But I remind myself that we are all in this together.
We are unified in Christ.
It really is us against the world (as in Satan's part of it).
We need each other.
Love one another.