What is unity?
Definition: the state of being united or joined as a whole, oneness, a condition of harmony - accord, the quality or state of being made one - unification, a totality of related parts.
In this passage of scripture, Paul is writing to the Ephesians to encourage keeping unity within the church. Unity does not simply occur; we need to work at it. There are times when contrasts among people can prompt division, however this ought not occur inside the congregation. Here we should concentrate on what joins us, not separates us.
God has picked us to be the delegates of Christ on earth. Paul invites us to live deserving of the name 'Christian'. We should be peaceful, understanding, patient, gentle, and humble. The world is watching our lives. Would they be able to see Christ in us? How well are we getting along as His representatives?
Unity is a role of the Holy Spirit. As He leads, we should be happy and willing to be led. And if we are willing to be led, we should concentrate on God, not ourselves.
Colossians 3:12-14, Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
All children of Christ have a place with ONE body; all arc joined under ONE Head, who is Christ Himself. Each Christian has undeniable abilities that can fortify the entire body. Our uncommon capabilities may appear to be little or enormous, yet we should utilize them in service of and for God. We ought to request that God utilize our talents or gifts to add to the fortifying and health of the entire body of believers.
Let us now look at the seven points of the number one. One is the number for Unity, and Seven is the number for Completeness.
ONE God and Father of all:
We are told in Philippians 2:2 to be “likeminded, being of one accord and of one mind.” That means we are to all be in agreement without dissention. And, in 1 Peter 3:8, we are also told to “be ye all of one mind.” Attend to each other’s needs, serve one another as we serve in Christ.
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