WALK IN UNITY
By Jemima Rayan
The Bible talks to us about walking in unity. God has fashioned
us in such a way that we have unity in diversity. He made
us different yet wants us to function in peace. No two individuals
are alike. We may be different in many aspects but we have
one God. Unity is the basic characteristic of the Godhead.
God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit function
in unity. God created the heavens and the earth to function
in perfect and profound harmony.
We read in Colossians
1:16 and 17, " For by Him all things
were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible
and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities
or powers. And He is before all things, and in Him all things
Whatever God created is designed to work together in unity.
The stars in the sky work in perfect agreement. The Sun and
the moon work in unity. God made everything and each one was
designed to function in oneness.
There is one body and
one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father
of all who is over all and through all and in you all" (Ephesians
That is why the Bible instructs us to do everything in the
name of Jesus. So there will be a common reason to glorify
His name. In everything, God wants us to reveal His nature.
This can happen when we abide in Jesus for He is the unifying
force behind every creature and creation.
The work of the enemy
is to cause division and disunity. The devil always tries
to device schemes that are against the work
of God. The Lord is always advancing us towards harmony and
unity. The enemy’s most basic strategy against us is
to bring division.
We read in Jude 19, "These
are sensual persons who cause divisions, not having the Spirit."
Jesus said in Matthew
10:34-36, "Do not think that I
came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace,
but a sword. "For I came to set a man against his father,
and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against
and a man's enemies will be the members of his household.
We have to understand what Jesus meant when He mentioned the
word 'sword'. The Lord will sometimes bring about temporary
disharmony so He can bring ultimate harmony, because ultimate
unity and peace requires pulling down evil strongholds and
fortresses that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God.
The enemy will use a sugar
coated situation to bring about a much more devastating division
later. The devil has people that have an appearance of unity.
However, we can always discern if something is from God or
4:17 and 18 says, "But the wisdom that is from
above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield,
full of mercy and good fruits without partiality and without
hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace
by those who make peace." As we move toward the goal of
being Christ formed in us, we will always find more unity,
harmony, and peace within us. That peace within us flows to
the others that we come in contact with. Sometimes, our unity
with God may create discord with those who do not serve Him.
The greatest harmony and peace that we can ever know is when
we are one with Christ. If we abide in Him we will sow the
seeds of unity everywhere we go.
Paul exhorts in I
Corinthians 1:10, “Now I exhort you,
brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all
agree, and there be no divisions among you, but you be made
complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
The Bible says that
we must be aware of the people who cause division. Stay away
from them! Do not associate with them. " Now
I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses,
contrary to the doctrine which you learned and avoid them” (Romans
16:17) so as not to associate with them. Those whose works
cause divisions instead of unity are walking away from the
will of God. We need to ask God to give us discernment to do
the right thing and it is God who orders our steps.
May the Lord help us live in unity in Jesus' name.
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