Nothing in this world can disrupt a vision faster than disunity. Imagine a team with less talented but dedicated and united team mates overpowering another team that is more competent, well-funded, and more famous but lacks unity. That could only be achieved through the power of unity.
As Corinthians 12 teaches. Unity is the only way we can be one through the body of Christ. The body cannot be a Body without unification, for then it will simply be a set of unrelated parts. The body cannot be a Body without diversity; otherwise, it will all be functioning without vibe. So, when the body works, it is often grace-given, wisdom-directed solidarity embodied in diversity.
The aim of writing this Article is to convince you on the truth about building unity in all the churches all over the world.
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
1 Corinthians 1:10
Now that doesn’t mean we’re going to have to agree with what everybody does, so we’re all going to get along, and it’s cool if we keep living in a little sin here and there. No, no, we must be in harmony and, at the same time, pray for grace and repentance when we sin so that we may grow stronger in christ.
The Holy Spirit said more to compassion and loving one another, even when it appears complicated or unlikely – this is one of the strong characteristics of a real Christian. Besides, Jesus said we should love our enemies In Luke 6:27-28
But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
Yeah, the main excuses people give has to do with doctrines. Most churches don’t agree with the doctrine of another church. We can stay away from toxic doctrines or teachings, but the simple truth is that we shouldn’t let this detach us from the body of Christ.
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:3
I hope you agree that even though Jesus was here with us in the physical, he will definitely not be satisfied with the division that is taking place in the body of Christ. Christianity cannot be more difficult than knowing how to love one another, in compliance with the rules that Christ himself has taught us, like the commandment of Christ in Mark 12:29-31.
And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Now, let’s get back to the idea of unification instead of division. Do you know that if all the Christian churches in the city had come together in unification instead of battling each other, we would have more influence in our communities? And let more people accept the truth of love and move in the right way, then it would be quite easier to push down the kingdom of darkness.
Sadly, this is not the situation; no doubt, the realm of darkness dominated our cities with corruption, brutality, and evil. That’s probably because the demons in the realm of darkness don’t battle one another as we Christians battle one another at times; a lot of times, the demons are much more coordinated than we are when it comes to supernatural warfare.
Since even Jesus said it in Matthew 12:25-26
And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
But how much more are the Christians who are meant to love each other and to move in peace, and not in disunity.
Luckily, there have been towns with revival encounters because their churches have been in unity. Don’t get me wrong, it might not be that easy to persuade other gathering of different religions in a big city to walk in unity and be together on the same board, but coming together as a body of Christ has a great gain.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and he who trusts in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. We need to hope that many people’s hearts will be changed so that they will accept each other so as to live in peace.
Why is unity so relevant in the church?
Jesus took his time to pray for the harmony of the church.
John 17:23a, ” I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one… If Jesus prayed for oneness in the church, it must be significant. He hoped that the church would follow the example of God, the Father, and the Son.
Oneness is required for the most successful presentation of the Gospel.
John 17:23b, “and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”
Note how this kind of oneness is linked up with the propagation of the Gospel. “And the world may know …” I hope that the church, which is organized through the mission of sharing the Gospel, will model the kind of relationship that the Father and the Son have. Often it is assumed that the devil knows the easiest way to prevent the church from achieving its mission. This kind of disharmony leads the church to become inward-focused and to lose her evangelistic zeal.
Unity is important to the force of God.
2 Chronicles 30:12 “Also in Judah the hand of God was to give them one heart to do the commandment of the king and of the princes, by the word of the Lord.”
One should know that God’s eye is upon the church and His power rests upon all churches that are united in christ.
Don’t confuse diversity with disunity. We can be vast and varied while being totally in harmony with who we are in Christ. If God had created more than 400,000 species, why wouldn’t He want churches with distinct abilities and talents to reach out to people?
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:12
Unity keeps the church’s body expanding, progressing, and working to its maximum potential.
While some Christians claim that spiritual maturity is accomplished by amassing knowledge of the Scriptures, the Scriptures simply teach us that spiritual maturity is accomplished by obeying what the Bible says and completing the task of educating people about the Gospel.
And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand. Ezekiel 37:17
Unity tends to flow from love, and love connects the church in her mission.
Colossians 3:14 “And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.”
Without love, there is no unity whatsoever. This love must be core and received through Jesus Christ. There really is no other way to maintain unity without love.
Christian unity helps to keep Christ at the core of all activities.
Ephesians 1:10b “… he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.
Your plans, expectations, interests, agenda, emotions are nothing compared to the Gospel. When we are united as Christian missionaries, it transforms everyone and makes our churches more successful in pursuing God’s purpose for our lives.
“Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. “Psalm 131:1.”
Ways in which Church Unity creates a powerful influence.
There are several ways to characterize the church: a parish, a congregation, and a society.
The Strength of Oneness
In John 17:20-23, Jesus beseeched that all believers would show a divine harmony always. He stated that the universe would be astounded by this unity:
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.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
Such a passionate wish on the part of the Son of God cannot easily be denied. However, it was more than just a longing. Jesus stressed the meaning of unity in verse 23.
Let’s look at a few realistic aspects in which a church can show that God is operating in it.
Unity has an effect on culture.
Jesus intent for the church is to be caring, generous, and inclusive. He wanted the proof of this amazement not only to be theoretical.
And thus, when the church is uncommonly united, this coincides with the disunity observed in most of the world’s organizations.
Unity will have an effect on cross-denominational strength.
Church leaders also influence other congregations by promoting creative projects and marketing them as growth inductors to other congregations.
Yet, too many, they are just reactive systems that can only function for a limited period. Churches who participate in such tactical services also have tactical labels, such as Seeker-friendly Churches, Missionary Churches, and lot more. But, as seen in Jesus’ prayer, it might be more appropriate for churches’ networks to be known more for their unity than for their innovations. Congregations that are unified will model the essential qualities of forgiveness, unity, and peace that the secular world considers difficult to reconcile.
Unity influences the church.
A united congregation provides an environment in which congregation members can devote more time and effort concentrating on the needs of those outside the organization, rather than looking at the differences within them. When the churches become more unifying, they repurpose more energy and time into the dire issues of those who are not yet reunited with their heavenly Father.
Unity affects non-churchgoers.
As Paul points out, a united, caring and the compassionate church requires “that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind” (Ephesians 4:17).
The church, with the grace of God, should aspire to be gradually unified. The target is not complete harmony, but greater solidarity. Disunity in the church can also be called “dissonant unity.” By this, a church will never achieve perfect harmony, but that it can achieve a degree of harmony (though not perfect) that is gradually harmonious but understands certain dissonance and discord.
The prayer of Christ is not that the churches make mindless slaves to the corporate vision. Rather, Jesus stressed that the unity of the church was to be an outward expression of the miraculous unity of the Trinity: God the father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Ephesians 4:6.