In order for there to be a great multicultural gathering of believers gathered under one roof to worship Christ, we must love unity.
Unity doesn’t mean we love only those we worship with today. Instead, Christian unity means we learn to love everyone as we love ourselves.
Church unity is a byproduct of loving God supremely. Unfortunately, the church expresses disunity far too often.
Rifts in church governance leads to hurt feelings and disunity among members. Doctrinal differences keep churches from partnering together making for a fragmented and weak body. Social class differences add to the isolation some feel in churches as some speak only to the poor, or to the rich, or to the middle class ignoring the others.
Let’s face the facts. Unity is difficult because it requires us to be selfless. That is, unity requires love to work. So how do we start achieving unity?
Relationships Achieve Unity
Our first goal should be to love others and let unity take its place naturally. If your church is in discord, unity is you being friends with both sides. If there is animosity between churches, unity is taking a simple gift of sweets or coffee to the pastor or other members of the other church to sit down and talk for the sake of relationship.
Let’s say it again. Unity takes relationship.
Just as the faith of the Canaanite woman was persistent with Jesus for healing for her daughter (Mt 15:21-28), we must be persistent with each other for unity within the church.
However, understand that unity takes time and effort. We must have thick skin and a tenacious attitude that is guided by the hope of unity.
Unity won’t happen today, and unity won’t happen tomorrow.
But what about the next day?
Love on God today and brainstorm with him how you can bring unity to your local context. Let his love flow through you as you work in establishing unity within yourself, your local church, and then globally. Let this video help the process begin.
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