As far as it depends on us:
1. We cannot have unity without empathy.
“Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” -Romans 12:15
One of the greatest acts of cowardice within the church are when the upset refuse to speak personally with those with whom they are upset.
“So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.” -Matthew 5:24
“In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” -Ephesians 4:26, 27
“If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense…” -Matthew 18:15
2. We cannot have unity without the pursuit of harmony.
“Live in harmony with each other.” -Romans 12:16
Biblical harmony is NOT about thinking or behaving exactly alike. It is about bestowing upon another Christian the blessing of being valued like Jesus values them despite any differences they may have with you.
You may hold any personal conviction you believe is consistent with God’s Word and the Mind of Christ, as long as you never do anything to intentionally hurt another believer who may think differently than you.
“Live in harmony with one another. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.” -Romans 12:17
“Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” -Romans 12:17
“We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” -Hebrews 12:2
3. When peace is our goal, grace dominates our church life.
We cannot have unity without a passion for pleasing Jesus and a commitment to demonstrate His grace to others.
Jesus came full of grace and truth. (John 1:14, 17, 19)
To be Jesus in this time and in this place. He made the first move… Now it’s your move…