“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3 (NIV)
Unity is not based on the lowest common denominator. Biblical unity comes from the common thread of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. And for those who want to obey Christ, unity in His body is not an option! This past year has really strained “unity” across the body of Christ. Our unity is about the kingdom of God and not in the political party or color of skin. We are told to bear with one another (Colossians 3:13, Ephesians 4:2), but instead many have allowed offense to divide us. Paul told us that we were to endeavor to maintain the unity of the Spirit. In other words, do whatever it takes to keep (maintain, preserve, and guard) the unity through the bond of peace between each other (Ephesians 4:3). Instead of cancelling one another, let’s pray for and bless each other. We may not be like each other, or even like each other, but we are His children. Jesus strongly commands us to do this. In fact, this is the utmost important thing we can do, to love one another like Christ loves us (John 15:12)! And probably the greatest thing we can do in loving one another is to pray together. The word is pretty clear that we are not to neglect our coming together as some have gotten into the habit of doing (Hebrews 10:25). And this has been a season where that has definitely been neglected! Lovers of Jesus, please do whatever it takes to pray together!!!
Please pray for pastors to begin being gripped once again by the power and impact that our praying together releases. Where there is unity God commands His blessing (Psalm 133). Those are pretty strong words, with a powerful promise. But on the other hand, where unity is lacking, when we choose independence, offense and division instead of togetherness, His blessing is also missing! Cry out for God to restore what was lost, stolen or damaged last year across our city and nation. Plead for Him to once again establish the unity of the spirit over our city! Ask God to show you personally how to “bear one with another in love.”