15Mar

10 Ways to Encourage Unity Today

unity, believers, christians onlineMy prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.
~ John 17:20-21

by Toni Birdsong
We will never get there one at a time.
Who? The Church.
Where? Anywhere.

Jesus desired unity among believers. He knew the message of salvation would suffer if the world did not witness unity (the abnormal, radical, you-gotta-be-kidding-me kind) among believers. He knew that unity in the body produced love and that love would change the game—eternally.

So Jesus prayed. He asked God to gift His followers—you and me—with a heavenly, supernatural unity; the kind reserved for Father (God) and son (Jesus). Then Jesus skipped the unity pep rally altogether. He knew man couldn’t achieve such heights of human connectedness. Unity had to come through a move of the Holy Spirit. And it did, in the book of Acts.

How do we encourage unity?

  1. Pray your guts out for oneness—and for one another.
  2. Replace “I, my, and mine” with “Us, we, and ours.”
  3. Work, eat, and pray together often.
  4. Rejoice in diversity.
  5. Be humble and gentle.
  6. Extend crazy grace.
  7. Build one another up.
  8. Be patient, bearing with one another in love.
  9. Get fixed on God’s glory. Refuse to major in the minors.
  10. Have fun!

Do you believe Jesus’ idea of unity is possible in the church today? If so, what will it require of us?

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  • http://refreshernetwork.blogspot.com Linda Seidler

    Great post…and yes I totally believe unity in the body is possible…quite simple actually…just a matter of joining together by accepting and showcasing each other’s giftings to advance the gospel without allowing jealousy or envy to creep in…we’re all in this together and it will take ALL of us to reach the world…exciting stuff!!

  • Anonymous

    Love that Linda – believing and always pressing in to fulfill God’s heart for unity is our only hope. Happy to be in the digital body of Christ with you. I see much of this in my church family and my online community as we continue to respond to one another, lifting burdens and loving one another. It’s a beautiful, precious gift from God no doubt.

  • Tami Heim

    Thanks Linda for doing your part to bring us all together! We appreciate how your ministry makes the body stronger.

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