Been thinking about unity – “the state of being in full agreement” (Merriam-Webster). It appears that most people want to get along with the exception of some factional groups. Peace is another word or the byproduct of unity. On a global scale we see and hear from the media moguls of all the disharmony, disagreement and disunity all over and especially in the Middle East. Seeing things “eye to eye” takes effort. Sometimes one of the parties involved compromise beyond their values and principles for the sake of “peace” or what is “expected” of them to their own demise. Often having unity just for the sake of getting along is not the solution to life. Much of the time one or the other party becomes the lord of the other. There has to be a mediator that both will accept.
Eph 4:1-3 ¶ I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
There seems to be a lot of compromising in churches in the name of unity. Usually, it is in the form of looseness of “order” and standards.
However, there is another kind as well. I’m thinking in the line of harshness of Pharisaical spirit. Doing everything right and holding onto all of the doctrines passed down to us from Jesus and the Apostles, yet our attitude and spirit is not of “lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love”.
As we look at these verses aforementioned, the Author of the Bible (God the Holy Spirit) mandates that we “keep the unity of the Spirit”. Our unity should and must center to, from and all around the Holy Spirit. The indication here is that the Holy Spirit gets the last say in order that unity bring about proper peace for both parties involved in a dispute/disagreement. But, what does the Holy Spirit say or think about any given subject?
1Co 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
This is where all involved must let the WHOLE of God’s Holy Word, the Bible, tell us what and where to stand AND also in what spirit we must have!
God tells us over and over that if we are the only ones standing for right and truth, then we have no right as a servant of His to compromise or quit on his Master!
When He dealt with those with a wrong or bad spirit, He knew how to “throw a punch” where it hurt. However, as we observe Jesus in action in dealing with ordinary people recorded in the Bible, He was lowly, meek and longsuffering in love to try to win their hearts on the behalf of the Heavenly Father. I find nowhere He compromised His values and principles. He always dealt and spoke with individual to unify them with Himself and His Father. His ministry as well as ours should be the ministry of reconciliation.
2Co 5:18-19 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Does the spirit of God’s Word as interpreted by the Holy Spirit have the final say in your endeavor of unity?
Good day my friend!