Give us Unity

When I Think about the times that we live, I am quickly reminded of a tactic the enemy is using and that is disunity.  It seems like disunity can be found in so many places today for example, our families, churches, communities, the nation and the world.  When disunity is present it limits the blessings that God desires to pour upon his people.  The word of God is clear regarding how God feels about unity in all areas of our life.  One scripture that we read about concerning walking in unity is found in Ephesians 4: 1-6.  Paul says, “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with long suffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” 

Several words in that verse merit our attention.

  • “Endeavoring” - This word means, “hasty, or zealous.” It suggests that we allow nothing to hinder us from speedily striving to secure the unity of the church and our family. It speaks of a holy zeal that demands constant attention. 
  • “Keep” - This word means, “to guard.” Notice that it does not say “create.” We cannot manufacture unity within the church or family. We cannot fake unity. We can only protect, or guard the unity we already have.
  • Paul calls it “the unity of the Spirit.” This phrase reminds us that “the unity, the agreement, the common ground” within our lives is not the product of our efforts to make unity. This agreement, this common ground, is that which is produced within us by the Spirit of God.  Therefore, we must allow the Holy Spirit to have His place in our lives and His Church.  
  • We are to maintain this unity in “the bond of peace.” The word “bond” refers to “a band, or that which binds together.” “Peace” speaks of “tranquility, harmony, concord.” The belt that binds the us together in unity is peace. When we are at peace with one another, we are able to “keep the unity of the Spirit.”

My prayer is God would help us be ZEALOUS GUARDING UNITY BECAUSE IT BINDS US TOGETHER IN PEACE!

Ps 133 says,  Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments. 3  It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing—Life forevermore.” 

When the atmosphere of UNITY is right, the DEW (God’s Blessings) will fall on everything around it!  

Lord help us to have unity so your blessings and favor will fall upon us. AMEN!