Monday, April 30, 2012

Is Real Unity Possible?

The body has many different parts, not just one part.”
(Apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians 12NLT)

One of the keys to unity is to celebrate one another’s differences. Unity is not about everyone agreeing or having the same opinion. It’s about learning how to take different opinions and direct them all toward a common purpose and goal. God creates everyone differently, so we should expect differences of opinion. But God also tells us to be united, which means that our differences must serve some important goal: “bringing about the most thoughtful, well-developed plans”, writes Ronald A. Beers. [P.s: I and my colleagues are coming from very difference background. Very difference age and generation. Very difference Christian denominations. Very difference temperaments. And yet, under a banner of Christian organization, we are able to work in unity with one another because we have common purposes and goals in the ministry. Real unity is possible!]

Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit,
binding yourselves together with peace
.” (Ephesians 4:3)

Unity usually becomes difficult to achieve when we’re already convinced that our opinion is the best and therefore someone else’s opinion is not well thought through. This mind-set keeps us from listening to new ideas that might actually make our own opinion better. Then we are in danger of ‘tuning out’ a potential divine moment in which God helps us to see how different colors create a richer painting. Try celebrating and truly anticipating one another’s differences and fitting them together to accomplish the objective. Then you will experience the true harmony and unity that God designed humans to share and enjoy.

THINK BIG. Unity is Possible.
START SMALL. Start by celebrating one another’s differences.
GO DEEP We are all ONE in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28).
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