John 17:21: that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.
The Lord wants unity, but the devil wants division. As children of God, we have to choose what the Lord wants.
If we are Christians who are spiritually mature, we should be able to live in harmony and unity with others. We should live in unity with our families (not having many fights and arguments) and live in unity with other members of the Body of Christ/Church of God (no jealousy, no gossiping and talking negatively about others).
How can we live in unity? First, we have to realize that unity is the Lord’s will (John 17:21). So, if a division is starting to take place, we should realize quickly that this is the devil’s work and not the Lord’s. If we were the source of that division, then we have to quickly forgive and accept one another. Others who don’t believe in the Lord can start believing in Him if they see that Christians are living in harmony and love one another.
We also have to have love in order to live in unity. Love is the foundation of living in unity. What type of love? The type of love that is willing to sacrifice and to see the positives in other people. The type of love that doesn’t judge and able to receive others with their shortcomings. The type of love that is not boastful and willing to put others first. If there is a small problem, we have to make that problem disappear. If there is a big problem, we have to make that problem into a small one. Don’t let small problems evolve into big ones.
If we live in unity, then the Lord will pour out His blessings (Psalm 133:1-3). He’s going to order his blessings to be poured out over families, churches, and communities that are in unity. The devil will not be able to shake anything that is strong in unity.
Those who build unity with others have a heart that is clean from bitterness and negativity. Their lives will be filled with peace and joy because whatever they think about is good and positive.
Let us continue to build unity in our families, church, and community. God bless you.
Source: hs/Publishing Team, IBC Church