“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” Ephesians 4:3

Winter is here and it is wise to keep warm. One of the first body regions to feel the cold is the hands. They are located further from the body’s core and easily become cold if they are exposed to the frigid temperatures. To keep the hands warm some prefer the greater independent finger mobility offered by a pair of gloves, while others favor the warmer atmosphere inside a pair of insulated mittens. Mittens are hand coverings enclosing the four fingers together and the thumb separately. Mittens are warmer than gloves made of the same material because fingers maintain their warmth better when they are in contact with each other although some individual finger mobility is sacrificed. God requires his people to be unified in the warmth of his love but often individualism can cool relationships down resulting in competition and eventually division. The Bible urges us to “always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. (Ephes 4:2) “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1 NIV) May all believers warm up in loving contact with one another for complete unity in Christ Jesus.