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Unity

The Bible tells us we are to live in unity. Unity doesn't mean we are to discourage diversity or the use of our unique spiritual gifts. It also doesn't mean we will always share the same opinion on all matters. But the Bible says we are to stand firm as believers. We are to share the same goal of spreading the gospel and being living proof of a loving God. 

 

Philippians 2:2 says…

“…fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”

 

Ephesians 4:5-6 says…

“…one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” 

 

There must have been much division as the biblical community of the early church began to grow. Paul and other writers encouraged them, and us today, to remember who we are unified in, how to harmony with each other, and how to settle disagreements. 

 

Romans 12:18 says…

“If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”

 

Romans 15:5-6 says… 

“Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

UNITY IN ACTION

As we are sinful people, living in unity is not easy. We must ask God for guidance and seek the help of the Holy Spirit to live in harmony with others in biblical community. This means letting go of insignificant points and preferences. We must ask ourselves if the things that cause division are preferences or pivotal points in scripture. If they are a preference, consider letting them go. Uphold what is scriptural. 

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