The Bible says, “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.” What are the key facets of Christian unity?
In this passage we will see three different types of relationships and the keys to maintaining unity in each.
I) Unity Means Loving One Another With Joy (1)
Relationship with the Church
We see Paul’s relationship with the Philippian church. Paul is their leader, their spiritual mentor. And notice the kind of relationship He has with them. He loves them.
Let me make this one thing clear love is absolutely essential for unity in the church between the leaders and the congregation. Why? Because people are sinners that includes the pastor and the congregation.
Moses was a good leader, right? Jews revere Moses more than anyone else in their history. And yet the people complained. At one point they were so angry at Moses that they threatened to stone him.
Help your leaders respond with joy by following and obeying. Pray for them. You can encourage them through word and deed. You can support them.
II) Unity Means Living With One Another in Harmony (2)
Relationship Between People
Ephesians 4:1-3 -These verses give us important keys to unity.
1) Attitude is important.
To keep unity, you must be humble, gentle, and patient. Proverbs says, “a gentle answer turns away wrath.”
2) Eagerness to maintain unity.
It is hard work! It takes effort. Satan wants to promote disunity. You must be vigilant and work hard to maintain unity.
3) Unity Already Exist
Note also that according to these verses, believers already have unity! That is the starting point when you come to Christ. It is only when sin comes into the picture that that unity is broken.
III) Unity Means Laboring With One Another For the Gospel (3)
Relationship with the Gospel
Working toward a common goal can bring people together.
Take a moment right now to look around the room. See all those smiling faces? You have the same goal. All of us should be laboring together to build God’s kingdom by spreading the gospel.
Having the same goal gives us unity.
What do we need to do to promote Unity? Get to work! Become a laborer in God’s kingdom.
Whose names are in the book of life. This phrase ties together all the points about unity we have discussed today.
That is what unites us. The world today is full of conflict, division, hate, anger. But your name being in that book is far more important than all the differences.
Jesus died to bring us peace. Let us work hard to keep that peace.
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