U is for Unity
For the definition of unity, I am using the Webster’s Desk Dictionary:
1: the state or quality of being one.
2: the state of being combined with others to form a greater whole.
3: harmony or agreement.
4: complete accord among persons regarding attitudes, opinions, intentions, etc.
There are two other entries, however these are the ones that apply to my post. Looking at this definition I think it is safe to say that unity can apply to a church or group that are in agreement regarding beliefs, attitudes, opinions and intentions. There are often times when problems or disagreements arise, but Jesus loves it when His people are in harmony or unity.
‘And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.’ 1 Samuel 14:7
It is a good thing to know that He is with us in unity when our hearts are right with Him and He has first place in our lives.
‘When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.’ Proverbs 16:7
Our energy should go into pleasing the Lord and living for him and those around us will take notice.
‘Can two walk together, except they be agreed?’ Amos 3:3
We need to make sure there are no sins or conflict between others and us. If there is we need to ask them for forgiveness so we can again be where we need to be with Jesus.
‘Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.’ Mark 9:50
Salt changes the flavor of food, likewise we can change the flavor of those around us if we are in unity with Jesus.
‘Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.’ 1 Corinthians 1:10
We as Christians have different viewpoints, we may not all worship the same way but it is okay as long as we work together harmoniously agreeing that Jesus Christ is what matters.
‘Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:’ 1 Peter3:8
At times there are differences and problems in churches and the Christian community that end up splitting the church or the people because things are blown out of proportion or not dealt with. The Bible gives us specific instructions how to deal with these problems so we can find unity amongst the brethren, unfortunately things are ignored and before we know it something small turns in to something big and causes divisions in the church.
We need to pray for our fellow Christians and get into His word more.
until next time…nel