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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Maintaining Unity

June 13

(Jeremiah 32:38-39 NIV) "They will be my people, and I will be their God. {39} I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them."

(Romans 15:5-6 NIV) "May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, {6} so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."

(Ephesians 4:1-6 NIV) "As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. {2} Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. {3} Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. {4} There is one body and one Spirit-- just as you were called to one hope when you were called-- {5} one Lord, one faith, one baptism; {6} one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."

Unity is not the same thing as unanimity. Neither is unity the same thing as uniformity. Unanimity is everyone agreeing on everything. Uniformity is everyone looking alike, thinking alike, and being alike. Coerced unanimity and uniformity do not produce genuine unity, especially in the church. Unity is a God thing. It starts on the inside and works its way out. It acknowledges that we are all different, but that like the different parts of a jet airliner, very different people can work together toward a common goal. Unity allows us to remain unique and still work as one unit. When Jesus really comes to a church, unity comes with Him. When we all follow the same leader, we will all be going the same direction.  Discord, jealousy, selfishness, dissension, factions, envy, and legalism cannot stand under the unifying gaze of Christ. His Lordship either separates us, or it unifies us. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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