Only let your conduct be as it becometh the gospel of Christ, that whether I come and see you or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel...
It is so important to pay attention to the admonition that Paul is giving to the Christians in this passage. We should all live like we have been redeemed. It is necessary that we show and tell the message of the gospel. We should show the world that Jesus is alive and that He can make a difference in a person’s life and not just tell them that he can. You have heard the saying that actions speak louder than words. Well it is certainly true in this case. The world I looking for opportunities to discount the truth of the Bible. It is looking for an excuse not to believe. Let’s be sure that we are not the ones who give it to them by inconsistent, unethical living.
It is so important in our daily lives, that we show the love of Christ to the world. It is when they see that we possess a high quality of character and live by strict moral standards, that they will take note that there is something different about us. There is no substitute for integrity in the life of a Christian. We should strive continually to maintain unity in the body. Working together in love and in the bond of oneness. When we as Christians speak with one voice and in one accord, the world will begin to see that there really is something to this life. Jesus told his disciples that the world would be able to distinguish His true followers by the way they loved and cared for one another.
I wonder today if the world is seeing that in us, or is it seeing division and sectarianism in the body of Christ. A schism in the body only provides an abyss for the lost to fall into. We must let the testimony of our faithfulness and unity be seen by all the world, conducting ourselves as becoming the gospel of Christ.