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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.