Unity

Posted by Shirley Ferguson on

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! – Psalm 133:1

With all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  – Ephesians 4:2-3

God wants His church to be unified. In Psalm 133 David is speaking in the Old Testament, but this message still rings true in the New Testament. Paul talks about unity in Ephesians 4: “one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all” (verses 4-6). Get the feeling that God likes unity? He does.

How is your unity? Are you united with your pastors? Or are you complaining, dividing, pulling down? If you have an issue with something, by all means bring it up to the pastors. Present your case. Then like a wife submitting to her husband, lay it down and leave the issue in their hands and pray for God’s guidance. Don’t be the nagging wife and talk about your discontent with everyone you see. This isn’t unity, this is division. This is gossip. This is sin.

God wants unity. With unity come blessings and long life. So let us lay aside our grievances. Let us leave the sin that so easily entangles us. Let us stop gossiping. Let us stand together in Christ. Let us be united.

Submitted by:
Shirley Ferguson
Oakridge Community Church
Clarksville, Maryland

One-Year Bible Reading
1 Chronicles 12:19-14:17
Romans 1:1-17
Psalm 9:13-20
Proverbs 19:4-5

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