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Unity in the Body of Christ

We often misunderstand what it means to have unity in the Body of Christ.  Unity does not mean that we all agree on everything, for God has given each of us a mind.  Although we may think differently, we should still be able to be on one accord without divisions or cliques.  Most often, we tend to argue over doctrine and theological truths, making it challenging to find unity in the Body of Christ. It can be obtained, however, when we allow our faith and love to unite us as a people of God. In Ephesians 4:3, we find these words:

“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.”

The writer admonishes the people to keep themselves united with the Holy Spirit, and to bind themselves together with peace.  It is the Holy Spirit who frees our hearts from self-defensive prejudices. The 4th verse says, “For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.”   The next several verses repeat the word “one” many times.  Oh, if we could only understand that we are all one!  We have all been given the love of God in order to maintain unity in the Body of Christ.  Thank God today that, as stated in Ephesians 4:6, there is “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in all.” (NIV)