Category Archives: Unity

· September 12, 2017

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
John 17:20,21 (NIV)

Notice that Jesus’ prayer wasn’t for Himself, but rather for us who believe in Him. As quoted in The Christian in Complete Armour, Sir William Gurnall suggests that, “In a word, saints who live in strife and contention are sinning against the strong prayers which Christ Himself uttered on their behalf.”

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· July 12, 2017

I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.
1 Corinthians 1:10 (NIV)

Being perfectly united in mind and thought among one another isn’t something that happens by itself. We must be intentional and ask for God’s grace in order to embody a calling with this much gravity.

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· June 26, 2017

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
Colossians 3:14 (ESV)

Above ALL things, put on love, the great unifier.

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· April 5, 2017

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
2 Peter 1:5-7 (NIV)

Perhaps one of the reasons why unity doesn’t come easy is that we expect it to come without the necessary disciplines to truly sustain it, like faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance and godliness. If you’re passionate about unity, consider the building blocks to sustain it.

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· August 12, 2015

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.
2 Corinthians 5:18,19 (NRSV)

The definition of reconciliation is this: to bring into agreement or harmony; make compatible or consistent. If this is the message entrusted to us to communicate, we can not be divided, we must be unified.

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· May 19, 2015

Now I am departing the world; I am leaving them behind and coming to you. Holy Father, keep them and care for them — all those you have given me — so that they will be united just as we are.
John 17:11 (NLT)

Let us follow the Father and the Son’s example of unity.

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· April 28, 2015

“I and the Father are one.”
John 10:30 (NASB)

Imagine having this kind of unity with God.

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· November 6, 2014

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
Luke 15:1,2 (ESV)

If we truly want to be good stewards of representing the body of Christ, let us not be grumbling, judgmental Pharisees.

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· October 31, 2014

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.
Philippians 1:9,10 (ESV)

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· September 16, 2014

But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
1 Corinthians 12:24b,25,26 (ESV)

No matter which part of the body of Christ we are, we are no lesser or no greater than the others. Treat yourself and others as understanding this.

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