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Unity

Weekly Devotionals

Unity

1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.  Ephesians 4:1-6

God is all about unity.  It’s all there in the Trinity…the triune (“tri”-“unity” – three in one) God.  The unity of the Father, Son and the Spirit pre-dates the existence of our world/universe.  His “triunity” was there from the very beginning when God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1) through the Word/Son (John 1:1-3); and the Spirit of God hovered over the waters (Genesis 1:2).  Not only does unity pre-date our known existence, it is built into the very fabric of our world.  Everything works in perfect union to form the beautiful order in which we live.

In the Garden of Eden, there was unity between God, man and woman.  There was a particular unity between husband and wife.  Subsequently there was an intended unity for people to be connected with one another in community.  But sin changed everything.  When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, they were separated from one another, and from God.  And subsequently that brought a certain separation for the rest of humanity.

We usually understand the effects of sin in terms of our relationships with God and one another needing peace.  But we often don’t take it to the larger level of corporate unity.  For many of us, we’ve grown up with a Western, individualistic mindset, where the main questions revolve around me:  “How does this affect me?”  We do this as believers as well.  “As long as my relationship with God (or with others) is good, then I’m good.”  Still the center is on the self.

Any person who understands the art of war knows that if you can divide, you can conquer.  This is always the strategy of the enemy.  It was there in the Garden of Eden.  It’s there in church splits.  It’s there in spousal/roommate arguments.  It’s there in family dysfunction.  It’s everywhere.  This is why Paul urges us to “MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO KEEP THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT THROUGH THE BOND OF PEACE,”…because oneness and unity is what we were redeemed for, redeemed into and redeemed by.

When you feel yourself wanting to pull away, or feeling self-righteous/indignant or unforgiving, or feeling like you don’t need others…then beware.  The enemy spirit of division may be at work in your life.  This is a sure way to be defeated.  It is important for the Kingdom of God, the church, and I would even say for the universe, for all of us to fight with every effort for this unity in the Body.  It affects everything.

Pray for unity between you and your family members.

Pray for unity among your friends.

Pray for unity in Jubilee.

Pray for unity at your workplace/school.

Pray for unity between political parties.

Pray for unity between North and South Korea.

Pray for unity between ethnicities and nations.

Pray for unity between humanity and creation.

Pray for unity between men and women.

Pray for unity between us and God.