By Deborah Lovett:
Let’s find God in unity today, instead of in conflict with–or separation from–others!
First let’s read how to maintain unity according to the Bible, in Ephesians 4:1-6:
“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble, and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called—one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of who is over all and through all and in all.”
Now let’s break it down, shall we?
Symptoms of disunity:
- Personality conflicts. (God humbles the proud.)
- Single-issue people. (Continually hammer away at one issue.)
- Divisive people. (Seem to enjoy strife and conflict.)
- Angry people. (Create a false impression of control.)
- Powerful and controlling people. (Need no explanation!)
- Maybe you can think of some of your own?
Prescription for unity:
- Be humble. (God exalts the humble.)
- Be gentle. (Power under control.)
- Be patient. (Don’t demand your own way.)
- Be loving. (Don’t expect to get anything in return.)
- Be all God wants you to be through Jesus Christ and His grace.
Unity is a gift. There is unity in the Spirit.
Remember that Satan is the divider. Our battles are not against flesh and blood.
We are allowed to agree to disagree. Decide unity is a gift. Receive it. Maintain it. Today.
Now in order to “walk the talk” put your boots to the pavement and please share this with others in your church and your Pastor! Let’s be the first ones to rekindle the fires of unity in our Christian homes and churches! Be INTENTIONAL! Now walk in the boots of unity today with everyone you meet, as far as it possible with you!
Are you finding God in unity today?
Love always, Deborah Lovett
©Deborah Lovett. Deborah speaks to women who are brokenhearted, abandoned, abused, forgotten, alone, depressed and need to rekindle the flame of perseverance and restoration in their lives through Jesus Christ. She does this through her speaking engagements and books. Visit www.DeborahLovett.comfor more information.
Here’s a touching video from someone who was once homeless. We need to reach out to others not only when personalities clash, but when we are out of our comfort zones and meeting people in difficult circumstances.
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