“That all may be one as you, are in me and I am in you, may they also be one in us
so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
John 17 21
What kind of unity did Jesus desire for us? There is the spiritual unity of our communion in God. There is the unity of our belief in Jesus and our embracing of his gospel. There is the unity we all share in our genetic evolution as a human species. But that is not all. The purpose of our unity is further revealed according to what Jesus prayed, “so that the world may believe that you have sent me”. If anyone says that we can have spiritual unity and still support visible disunity as if it did not matter in our witness to the world , then the hope of Jesus is not being fulfilled. Unity is not an option: not an extra which may, if we choose, be added to our faith. It is an imperative. The unity that Christ wills for us, for which he prayed, is a unity that the world can see. Embracing separations, divisions and exclusions is not Christian. It is a division in the human family, it ought to cause us pain. We deceive ourselves if we think we can witness to God through Christ without confronting this behavior.
May all be one
How do we recognize out essential unity with others? Who are those with whom we do not feel as sense of unity or compassion? What do we believe in that causes this disunity? Are there flaws on our thinking? Can we change?
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!
Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously against one another so as to profane the covenant of our ancestors?
Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly Do not be wise in your own estimation.
The world is round so that friendship may encircle it.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
In times of division and strife, build bridges to the hearts of those clouded by anger, hurt, hatred, and ignorance, so you can help open and understand their minds and hearts, and they can understand yours.
There is more that unites us than divides us. So make it a point to talk with someone who is different from you. You may find that you have more in common than you think
Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.
We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.
The love of one’s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?
We live now in a global village and we are in one single family. It’s our responsibility to bring friendship and love from all different places around the world and to live together in peace.
I have never yet known the Spirit of God to work where the Lord’s people were divided.
Fellowship is a place of grace, where mistakes aren’t rubbed in but rubbed out. Fellowship happens when mercy wins over justice.