Pursuing Unity Begins With Me
Pastor Chris Stull of Wellspring Church
Pursuing Unity Begins With Me
God’s creation is amazing. The beauty in the sky, the depths of the ocean, the vast universe
that is unending, … we can’t begin to stop praising and thanking God for all He has created.
As I read His Word, I am reminded that we were created for unity with fellow believers. When
we pursue biblical unity, not only is the beauty of God’s creation seen in us, it also helps to
diminish pride and push back selfishness. Jesus is glorified as we follow His instructions (and
model His prayer – John 17) to pursue unity.
I wonder what folks outside of God’s Church think when they watch us “insiders” competing,
complaining, or even slandering fellow believers. No wonder we get labeled hypocritical,
judgmental, and selfish. If we are to be known by our love, let’s lay down anything that would
hinder our love for Christ and for one another.
There is a clear directive about pursuing unity.
Ephesians 4:2-6 [NIV]
"2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."
What thoughts or perspectives keep you from loving other Christians well? Is there anything
keeping you from being an agent of peace and unity?
Why not please the Father by pursuing unity in your heart. Be a force for peace. Follow the
Holy Spirit’s prompting to love, honor, respect, and care for other believers. Keep your eyes on
Christ, the head of the Church. When you feel selfishness, criticalness, or dissension boiling up, surrender to Christ and choose to serve, love, and extend grace to our brothers and sisters out of your love for God. Choose peace. Choose love. Choose unity.
Consider taking action to uphold unity:
Speak well on behalf of other believers and pray for their churches to thrive.
Pray for pastors, priests, shepherds of ministries to live victoriously – and not be derailed, disqualified, distracted, or depressed by the enemy’s schemes.
Ask God to unify His people around revival and spiritual awakening in our city, in your church, and in your home.
Pursuing unity must start with you and me. How can we expect others to offer peace if we are
not willing to love them first? Do we extend the grace God has extended to us?
Today is a great day to pursue unity. God created us with that in mind. Let’s let His beauty
shine through a unified church today!
Pastor Chris Stull
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