Unity In the Church: my thoughts

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1 Corinthians 1:10

“I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.”

Why It Is Important To Have Unity In The Church

Unity is important in the Church for many reason. I mean how can we worship God in His house when we are harboring anger, deceit, and unforgiveness in our hearts? God calls all  of us to be unified and to raise each other up as Hebrews 10: 23-25 says “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

How can we encourage and love one another when we are dis-unified and judging each other in our minds and hearts? The truth is we can’t! 1 John 4:20 make that clear in the following passage, If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.”

God is Love…

God is love. How can we claim to love God yet harbor secret anger and resentment to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ? If we do, we are hypocrites! Jesus says in John 14:23 “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teachings…”

Turning the other cheek and loving others is one of God’s commands. If we do not follow that basic principle, how can we claim to know God at all? For again God is love, and if we don’t know love how can we know God? The foundation of the Bible is based on this one word, agape, which is the ancient Greek word for love. If we leave love out of the equation we miss an important key spiritual ingredient. How can we claim to obey God’s commandments if we ignore the important commandment of all? Do you see were I am going on this? Without love there is chaos and dis-unity resulting in a divide within the Church.

God Calls Us To Put Others Above Ourselves… What Happens When We Don’t Do That?

When we put ourselves first before God and others what happens? We start doing things that are harmful to our spiritual growth and the growth of other Christians around us. We start living selfishly and start doing things for our own personal gain. We harbor darkness and greed in our hearts when we do this. All of His life Jesus devoted Himself to helping others and showing them God’s love. He put others above Himself so many times its amazing! He also commands us to be humble and to view others as more important than we are. As Romans 12:3 says rather clearly, “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.”

We can not serve others in humbleness and unity if we believe we are the most important thing in this world. If we do it results in a great divide within the Church.

Unity Is So Important!

Without unity in our Churches we will slowly crumble from deprivation of encouragement and love. So let us not judge one another with contempt and cruel words, harbor unforgiveness or do things for our personal gain. Let us stop claiming to love God when we hate our brother or sister in Christ, and  to stop putting ourselves before God and others. Let us serve with humility and humbleness, love with abandon, and encourage each other when the tide gets rough. Let us come together and be unified through Christ.

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