We can’t live, TRULY LIVE ABUNDANTLY, as God intended us to live without unity. I’m reading in the Book of Acts and the early church grew because of unity:
“They all joined together constantly in prayer…” Acts 1:14
“…they proposed…they prayed…then they cast lots…” Acts 1:23-26
“…they were all together in one place.” Acts 2:1
“All the believers were together and had everything in common.” Acts 2:44
“Every day they continued to meet together…” Acts 2:46
“…they raised their voices together in prayer to God..” Acts 4:24
“All the believers were one in heart and mind.” Acts 4:32
AND LOOKED WHAT HAPPENED…….
“…And they were ALL filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” Acts 4:31b
So what keeps us from REMAINING in unity? We have an enemy that “…comes only to steal and kill and destroy…” John 10:10a. How does he do that? He separates us by feeding us lies, that we believe, and therefore we focus on self not others. We walk through life carrying the weight of unforgiveness. Our love has conditions. We protect what is ours, even our own sin and shame.
BUT, Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10b. What does that even look like? Well for starters, even though we know “the enemy prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”, 1Peter 5:8b, we have a Lord whose “eyes range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9. When the bread of adversity comes upon us, it’s NOT just ours to bear alone. What happens to you, happens to me.
When there are broken relationships among believers, I believe it grieves the heart of God. I know personally, when there is conflict or brokenness in a relationship, especially with a believer, my spirit grieves and longs for restoration. This longing is rooted in my spirit. It’s not an emotional (soul) longing. It’s the Spirit of God communicating with my spirit and I am deeply troubled. We are going to have conflict in relationships, just as I’m sure the people in the early church in the Book of Acts did. However, I believe when we are focused on the Rule and Reign of Jesus Christ in our lives and that my life is NOT MY OWN, the Kingdom comes and His will is accomplished in and through us! He won’t leave us broken. He always restores!
We are STRONGER together…..Ecclesiastes 4:12
We are PRODUCTIVE together….1 Corinthians 3:9
We are PROTECTED together…..John 10:14-18
We are PROSPEROUS together….Acts 4:34
We are ONE together….. Acts 4:32 and John 15