Psalm 133:1-3 “A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.”
Parents love it.
Coaches love it.
Musicians love it.
The boss loves it.
Every marriage needs it.
Brothers and sisters get along because of it.
No relationship will survive without it.
Churches can be destroyed without it.
Unity. It is the state of being one. It means we agree. It means we are accepting of the same beliefs and walking in the same direction. It means that we are submitting our individuality to work for the common goal or good.
When a husband and wife depart from the unity they pledged, it begins to erode the relationship. When a family is united, there is no fighting. That does not mean there won’t be disagreements.
The success or failure of every relationship hinges upon this fulcrum of unity. At times, it can be a delicate balance. Other times, it can be the anchor to which we hold when the storm comes.
The enemies of unity are many. They are pride, selfishness, envy, prejudice, preference, jealousy, to name a few. These are the darts Satan uses to throw at the child of God to disrupt, divide, and ultimately destroy.
When unity is present in our families, our relationships, and in our churches, there is a spirit that prevails. God moves through the music, the prayers, the fellowship, and most certainly through the preaching and teaching of His Word.
When unity is present, worship is indescribable. Songs draw the heart closer. Prayer seems to usher us into the Father’s presence, and the preaching has power like never before. The power and presence of the Holy Spirit are evident where unity is cherished.
Souls will be saved. The waters of baptism will stir once again. Souls will be added to the church. The backslidden prodigal received and restored. The body grows and is edified, and exhorted to do more in faith to reach the lost.
We need to culture this spirit and promote it. Once we identify it, we need to covet, guard, and keep it. We need to have a holy zealousness for the unity we experience on every level. Jesus prayed for us to have it.
John 17:20-21 “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”
God gave us gifts and talents for us to see how unity can operate and function under His leadership and guidance. The hierarchy of the church and the body working as God intended allows us to see just how we fit into the grand scheme of things.
Ephesians 4:12-13 “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:”
In the church, when each of us does his or her part, we operate as a fully functioning body; healthy, able, and ready to hear and obey. Each is helping the other become a better Christian – more Christlike.
Ephesians 4:16 “From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”
This unity cannot be legislated, demanded, or imposed. It must be a humble submission in admittance to come alongside. It becomes a matter of personal integrity, and an extreme desire to make unity something we are willing to fight for.
The divorce rate would plummet if more fought for their marriages. More families would not only survive but thrive if Moms and Dads would fight for their families.
In our churches, we must be willing to fight for the purity of our doctrine. We must be ready to fight for lost souls to hear the gospel and be saved. We must be willing to fight for worldwide missions, reaching the poor, and zealous for the testimony of our churches.
When opinions, preferences, prejudices, and differences come (and they will!), we must have a particular spirit to handle them.
Ephesians 4:14-15 “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:”
The early church came together as they were commanded and saw miraculous things happen. Multitudes heard the gospel and were saved. Churches grew and multiplied. Governments were shaken. Nations came to know peace. The devil’s strongholds were broken, and many witnessed things never before seen.
The desire for unity infused with the love of Christ will diffuse all that oppose it.
Seek unity, and you will experience the presence of the Almighty.
Covet it, and you will find something worth fighting for.
Guard it and keep it, and you will see the miraculous!