May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6)
The purpose of unity is that we glorify God. (Rom. 15:5-6)
The definition of unity is the fitting together of different parts in a way that enables us to complement each other, to be more complete, and to show the bigger picture -- not that we work together on the same cause or that we totally agree on all issues. (Eph. 2:10-22; Acts 15:5-11)
The source of unity comes in accepting one another just as Christ accepted us. (Rom. 5:8-10)
The pattern of unity is what we see among the Trinity. (Jn. 17:11)
The cement of unity, that which will help us act like we are one, is love. (Col. 3:12-13)
The evidence of unity will be seen in how well we live out the one-another commands of Scripture.
The end result of unity is a testimony before a lost and dying world of who Jesus is. (Jn. 17:20-23)
In Christ we stand united, but what is it going to take for us to demonstrate this unity? You will find some suggestions in the Body Life Ministry Manual. There you will also find some additional thoughts on each of the above points.
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