“It’s more important to be unified than to be personally right”
I learned that a long time ago as a young Christian how crucial unity must be in the church. I confess I have at times fallen short of living it out as attitudes grew and my selfishness got the better part of me. As disciples we can see that for a team to work properly it must be unified with the leadership. How much more should we be unified with one another as disciples?
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But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
Genesis 11:5-7 (NIV)
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!
Psalms 133:1 (NIV)
Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the LORD.
2 Chronicles 30:12 (NIV)
If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? 3Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church![a] I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? But instead, one brother goes to law against another€”and this in front of unbelievers!
The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers.
1 Corinthians 6:1-8 (NIV)
My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you
John 17:20 (NIV)
Hope these passages will strengthen your convictions to remain and grow in our unity as a movement and to your local leadership.
T – Together
E – Everyone
A – Accomplishes
M – More
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