Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Live in Unity

God made each one of us unique and special with different gifts, strengths, and personalities. Yet He calls us to come together as one Body for the purpose of serving and glorifying Him. Love for God is the basis of our unity. It is very good (proper, valuable, profitable) and pleasant (lovely, attractive, sweet) when brothers and sisters in Christ live together in unity (oneness). It is, in fact, Heavenly (in Heaven, we will all be together in perfect unity worshiping our Heavenly Father). God is pleased and we are blessed. The world will take notice. God's kingdom will grow. Imagine what we could accomplish if all Christians could be unified/united! I believe one of Satan's favorite schemes is to cause division in the Body of Christ. The disunity among Christians discredits their testimonies, disgraces Christ's Name, and gives nonbelievers a distaste for Christianity & an excuse not to come to Christ. "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand." (Matthew 12:25) On the contrary, the unity among Christians is what God desires and what Jesus prays fervently for. In John 17, Jesus prays for His disciples and for all believers that they "may be one as We are One--I in them and You in Me--so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me." (John 17:22b-23) Mutual love brings about joy and delight; unity brings about beauty and blessings. We are better together!

Prayer: May God help us "be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that we may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that we may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in Whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." (Colossians 2:2-3) 

"In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity!" (Rupertus Meldenius)

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