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

Two Scriptures that go along with this one are Romans 15:5, “May the God Who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus.” and Colossians 3:15, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.”  We are to actively endeavor to live at peace with one another…living in harmony as one collective body called the Church, of which Jesus Christ is the head.  But unity and peace can be difficult to obtain, so what can we do?  First, understand that the only person you can change is you.  That’s why Hebrews 12:14 tells us that we should make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy.  Or as the old song goes, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me…”

Psalm 133:1 ” How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity.”

As Jesus prayed for His disciples in John, He asked that “they may be one as we are one.” (John 17:11)  Later in that Chapter as He went on to pray for all Believers, He said, “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.”  (John 17:23)  In other words, to reflect the unity and oneness between the Father and Son,  as Believers, we need to be perfectly united also.  You can’t   show the world Jesus when your bad behavior towards others is just like the rest of the world.

Philippians 2:1-2 ” If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.”

In other words…if you have the love of Christ within you, demonstrate it!  Paul calls us here to be like-minded…the Greek word for this meaning the activity represented involving the will, the affections, and the conscience.  This unity involves coming together as a whole in decision-making, with morally right passions, and motives.  For being like-minded is thinking the same thing for the good of all, not just a few.  Yes, being like-minded takes work on the part of everyone.  It calls us to be peacemakers, bridge-builders, and servants to all – for His sake and for His glory.

Philippians 1:27 ” Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”

Paul is thought to have written this letter to the Philippians during his first Roman imprisonment.  He wanted them to be encouraged whether they ever saw him again or not.  Paul especially exhorted them to stand firm in one spirit…something that the modern-day Church should take heed of.  When there is infighting, discord, and division,  the Church cannot function as it should.  For when we are not standing firmly together in unity…contending for the Gospel as one…the message of Salvation through Jesus Christ is lost in the muck and mire and turmoil within the Church walls.  Paul reminds the Philippians, and us, to lead our lives in a manner deserving of the Gospel of Peace.

Acts 2:46-47 ” Every day they continued to meet together in the Temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their numbers daily those who were being saved.”

Unity and mutual care for one another…that’s what the early Church did on a daily basis.  With steadfastness and faithfulness to the Gospel, they walked out their lives in very practical but focused ways.  They approached each day with open hands and open hearts…looking for needs and filling them.  The early Church was centered around goodwill towards others…of encouragement and sharing…of loving one another.  And the Lord added to their numbers daily.  For people saw the Gospel being played out in front of them and they wanted what these Believers had.  The world is still looking for that today…for care, and compassion…for love and acceptance.    For the Church of the present has the same responsibility and opportunity to impact the world for Christ as the early Church did…maybe even more.

Acts 10:47 ” Then Peter said, ‘Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.’ “

Peter and the other Believers with him couldn’t dispute what they witnessed in the house of Cornelius.  The Holy Spirit was super-naturally  poured out on the Gentiles while Peter was still mid-sentence, telling them about Jesus.  Now Peter could have questioned this…”But Lord, these people are very different from us!  We don’t have anything in common with them.  They’re a different race and culture from us!  Are You sure You know what You’re doing?”  Sometimes, as fellow-Believers, we can find ourselves asking the same questions of those we find different from us.  Yes, we may not share a lot…but we do have a common denominator…faith in Jesus Christ.  Together we are one Body…one Church…united in our trust of our Savior…joined together eternally by our faith.

Colossians 4:3 ” And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.”

Paul was chained up in a dark, dank prison in Rome with deplorable conditions…yet his concern was focused on proclaiming the Gospel.  So what’s my excuse?  What’s my justification for not telling others about Jesus?  How can I explain away the times I’ve had the opportunity…but didn’t speak?  God will open doors daily for us to tell others about the spiritual truths of the Gospel…we just need to be brave enough to walk through them.  I pray in the days ahead that all Believers  be endowed with a supernatural boldness to reach the lost for Jesus…times are getting short.

I Corinthians 12:12-13 ” The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.”

Here Paul is comparing the human body with the body of Christ…the Church.  Just as the many parts of the human body  work together in  complete harmony…each with its own unique purpose, the body of Christ – the Church and its many parts need to come together in like-mindedness also.  And just like the human body, one part cannot work in isolation from the rest.  That would be like one Sunday morning your heart getting up and deciding  not to be part of your body that day!  You may think that your presence at Church doesn’t matter…but it does…the whole body suffers when one part is absent.

Psalm 47: 7-8 ” For God is King of all the earth; sing to Him a psalm of praise. God reigns over the nations; God is seated on His holy throne.”

God is still on the throne. The Lord’s sovereignty and dominance is in operation in the world, and  no amount of human speculation can compare to His plans and purposes He has in store for this nation…this world.  Lord, You sit on Your throne judging righteously and reigning over the nations with grace and mercy.  We ask for a spirit of unity to sweep over the earth that we may become one under You.