Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Pursuit of Unity

Unity in Scripture does not seem to be primarily organizational unity. It is hard to find anywhere that this is specifically mentioned. There seems to be a basic unity of belief and behavior, though I do not intend to deal with it here. But Scripture talks about about a basic unity that involves how we treat one another (Ephesians 4:1-6; Philippians 2:1-4; Colossians 3:10-14). This unity seems, of all the ideas of unity, the most difficult to attain. It is questionable if we will ever perfectly attain it in this life. But it is something worth cultivating. Now it is only as we learn to love others that we can develop the traits that produce this unity (1 Corinthians 13:1-3; Galatians 5:13,14; John 13:34,35). But this is the type of unity we are specifically commanded to produce.

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