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What does Unity Look like?
4 Keys to Church Unity Based on Philippians 2:1-2
1) Function from your position “in Christ.”
According to Ephesians 2:6, God has “seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” When we look at life from that position, we see things differently than when we are right in the centre of it all. We see the big picture, not merely what's directly in front of us.
And, we no longer see a Church with all of its flaws but rather how God sees her “in Christ” — dearly loved, His precious Bride. Then we can be encouraged despite its blemishes. We can come alongside each other because we see them, and ourselves, as we are in Christ.
2) Know and rely on God’s love.
“if there is any consolation of love” We need unconditional love if we are going to remain united through the failings of one another and strong differences of opinions. We need a love that perseveres, that will not fail … the love described in 1 Corinthians 13, agape — God’s love. Human love, that which we can muster up within ourselves, will be insufficient. Only God’s love will enable us to break through the walls and address the feelings of one another without attacking the person.
3) Walk together in the Spirit. “if there is any fellowship of the Spirit”
“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” (James 4:1) The solution? — “walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Gal. 5:16) When we are more concerned about not grieving or quenching the Spirit among us than getting our way, we come together for the good of the whole. It’s not just about me!
4) Guard your heart. “if any affection and compassion”
The original Greek words for affection (splagchnon) and compassion (oiktirmos) both relate to our inwards parts (bowels, heart, etc.). These two words seem to be interchanged in their various uses, both signifying the seat of our strong emotions — what we metaphorically call our heart. We are to respond to one another from the core of our being. Remember what Jesus said in Luke 6:45 — “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Is it little wonder we are commanded to “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Prov. 4:23)? Make sure that you store good things inside you, exchanging bitterness for the forgiveness and peace that our Lord so kindly gives to us.
These four keys enable us to demonstrate the Christ-like selflessness and humility needed to experience unity.
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Your Rhema Verse of the Day:
From Philippians 2:1-2 "Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind."
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