The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus in chapter 4 about walking in unity. Verse 3 states…”endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Unity by definition is to join; to become united in oneness. When you look at the Greek and Hebrew definitions, there is an emphasis not only on becoming one, but doing so one by one for the purpose of abundance. Abundance is an outgrowth of our oneness in unity with the Spirit. It is a reward or benefit of abiding in unity. Our definition of unity is expanded. The sum of our parts is greater because of our oneness with Christ. Further in chapter 4 of Ephesians, we are told there is one body and one Spirit, and we as believers are called into one hope through our Lord, our faith, our baptism, our God and Father. How do we become one body demonstrating unity? By equipping the saints til “we come into unity of the faith” and in the knowledge of Jesus. With the combined gifts and works of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, the church becomes a mature, stronger and fully prepared entity ready to carry out His plans. We become more powerful, more loving, more compassionate, more cunning about the ways of the enemy…all parts working together in sync [harmony] with the divine plan of salvation. We become one. Not all at once, but individually, one by one until every part of the body is in place and fully operational.
The word unity appears three times in the Scriptures, just three. In Psalm 133:1, and in the verses 3 and 13 of Chapter 4 in Ephesians. And yet despite its absence in other scriptures, the theme of unity in the house of God can be seen throughout the Bible. Even before Adam and Eve sinned, God had devised a unifying plan to restored us to “glorious abundant oneness” with Him. May you grow up in all things [one body] into Him who is the Head-Christ our Lord.
No wars, no fighting, no bombs, or guns, military or the need for borders to be protected. No court systems, or prisons or jails, think of it…a world without the chaos, turmoil devoid of conflict, strife. A place where people live in harmony working out their differences in ways which respects the inherent value of the other person. A tall order! A world where peace reign supreme. What’s happening in your world today? Are you pursuing unity? How about that family member, or co-worker who got on your nerve yesterday or even this morning? Are you pursuing unity or your position? Think about the disagreement, or grudge you’ve held for the past days, or months, or years…has it been resolved? Is the relationship with the other person been restored? Or are you carrying weight from years of pursuing pain, bitterness, disagreements, fighting?
2 Corinthians 13:11 said “Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” Be of one mind, live in peace and God will be with you. Think of it – God will be with you if you be of one mind-his mind and live in peace with others. We don’t have to spend our lives in constant conflict and turmoil. We don’t have to begin the day in dread and fear because of misunderstandings over some trivial matter or thing, or the important matter of the day. Someone once asked the question, “Do your words and actions pursue a path of peace?” in a book I read. I pondered how many times, and often I personally pursued peace and unity. When I did, I experienced the peace of God, and my world was filled with more love, joy, peace, happiness than turmoil, strife, and pain. I also have realized that if I did not pursue unity then I experienced and carried the weight of the alternative.
God wants us to pursue unity with each other, and within ourselves. Listen to God’s voice, pursue unity today, and experience peace.