Unity

Over the last year, we have been watching a housing development go in across the main road from where we live.  Here in the Phoenix area, one of the first items constructed in new housing developments are three-sided block walls that surround every house.  In addition to surrounding each house, they, of course, do a great job of separating each family from its neighbors.  

The walls remind me of the separation we see in the world and are reminded of on an almost constant basis.  We are separated by nations, tribes, generations, economic status, gender, politics, religion, etc.  The list goes on and on.  Even within Christianity we are divided.  I recently heard there are over 200 Christian denominations in the US alone.  (I often wonder how God views such division.)

No nation or leader can unify humans. Fortunately, we have Jesus.  For it is only through Jesus that unity is possible.  There is no other.  Jesus and the bible have quite a bit to say about unity.  Below are some verses we can use as we pray for unity in Christ and unity in His church.

John 17:23 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.

Psalm 133:1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

Ephesians 1:10 To be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

Ephesians 4:3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Colossians 3:13-14 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Ephesians 4:3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 23:8 But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.

Brad Gauen

 

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