by APC on June 08, 2017

Importance of Unity

Unity is a vital concept that should be known and practiced by God’s people. It has its place in every area of our lives! God has reiterated the importance of unity all throughout His Word and creation. He’s made the concept of unity clearly understood, which is a sign to His people that we should pay attention to it (Romans 1:20)!

Scripture warns us that if we aren’t sober and vigilant, our adversary (the devil) will attack and devour us (I Peter 5:8). When we aren’t unified with the church and God, we open ourselves up for attack and to be a prime candidate for the devil to work through.

Scripture states in Psalms 1331:1, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (KJV). There are many benefits if God’s people will operate in a unified mind and heart. Ecclesiastes tells us two are better than one—if one falls, the other will help him up; two can be warm together; and an enemy cannot prevail against two (Ecclesiastes 4:9–12).

Nothing is Impossible

When we operate in a unified mindset, there isn’t anything we can’t accomplish as God’s people. When we consider the builders of the tower of Babel, the people were unified in their plight. God noted as the people were one, nothing would be impossible for them (Genesis 11:6). We wonder why it’s so hard for humans to get along—it’s because there’s so much power in unity that the devil will try to do anything to get us to be divided!

If the church could get ahold of this truth, and practice unity in every part of our lives, the church would truly overcome every obstacle, enemy, and nothing would be restrained from us in our work for the Kingdom of God! When two or three agree in God, His presence will be in the midst of them (Matthew 18:19–20). This is how it was on the day of Pentecost when all were in one accord (Acts 2:1). Accord in the Greek means one mind, one passion, and to rush along in unison. God blends His children together in one accord for the perfect working together for His Kingdom.

Victory in Unity

Much victory is in store for the church who is unified. Joshua led the people in a unified march around the city of Jericho for 7 days. It was because of their unity, and shout of victory, that the walls fell down flat (Joshua 6:1–27). Jonathan and his armor bearer were unified together in mind and heart. They two were able to go up against the Philistines and wrought a great victory for Israel (I Samuel 14:6–7). Jehoshaphat called the people of Judah together for a time of prayer and fasting. In their unity, God brought them salvation and victory with His presence (II Chronicles 20:13–17).

Lessons from Nature

Nature itself demonstrates the very glory and characteristics of God, and from it we can learn valuable lessons. One can study nature and learn key unity concepts we can put into practice:

  • Sharing a common sense of direction/community can get people to their destination faster and easier because they’re traveling on the trust of one another
  • Staying in formation with those we’re traveling with will get us where we want to go. We need to be willing to receive and extend help to/from others
  • Taking turns with the harder jobs and being interdependent on each other’s gifts, talents, and resources, will help us all work effectively in God’s Kingdom
  • Encouraging one another at every opportunity; in groups where there’s encouragement, the production is much greater
  • Standing by each other in difficult times as well as when we’re strong

Disrupting Unity

There are many elements in this life that will disrupt the unification of God’s church (Proverbs 6:16–19). But, we must endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit and the bond of peace in our lives and in the church (Ephesians 4:1–3).

Paul warned the church to watch out for those who cause strife and division. We are called to be witnesses to this world, so we cannot avoid everyone who causes disunity, but we are to be mindful of this in the Kingdom. If someone adheres to this lifestyle, making no attempt to change, we are admonished to put them out of the church (I Corinthians 5). However, if someone in the church repents, and restrains from a lifestyle of corruption, we should forgive them and help them correct their walk with God (James 5:19–20).

Unity must be present in our church services, home, relationships, giving, etc. Unity is not compromise or going along with sin. We must reconcile our minds and hearts with God, and to the Saints in His Kingdom. On earth, our perfection process comes through unity.

Keeping Unity in Ourselves, Home, and Nation

In order to solidify unity in our lives, we must seek after the “due order” that God has laid out in Scripture (I Chronicles 15:13). Due order means a directive, decree, or law. Our due order is the Word of God—we must reference it to determine how God wants us to dwell together in unity.

U—Understanding We Must Not be Offended

Scripture tells us we must not be offended in Him or in others (Psalms 119:165). When we become offended, this sows discord and disunity in our personal lives, which will ultimately affect the church. Paul notes in Romans 14 how we cannot become offended by the brethren in the church. We cannot offend someone with stronger convictions than us, and we cannot be offended by something we don’t approve.

N—Not a Respecter of Persons

If we show any favoritism in people (preferring one over another), we commit sin (Acts 10:34). We cannot only respect the rich and discard the poor (James 2:2). We must treat everyone the same, and seek to dwell in unity with all people.

I—Intentionally Focus on Humility

If we humble ourselves in God’s sight, and in His church, He will lift us up. And, we should never speak evil of one another (James 14:10–11). If we cannot have humility in ourselves, we will never have unity with others.

T—Totally Led by the Holy Ghost

Scripture tells us the Holy Ghost will lead and guide us into all truth (John 16:13). This is a continual process! We will never know everything there is to know about God, but we must remember He will continue to show His church ways to draw deeper in unity until He calls us home.

Y—Yoked Up with All Saints in Love, Prayer, and Forgiveness

The message we’ve heard from the very beginning is to love one another (I John 3:11). If we are truly to love one another, and abide by the second greatest commandment—to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:39)—we will have unity. We can’t love, forgive, and pray for each other diligently (and effectively) and not have unity.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on June 09, 2017 with Guest Speaker, Brother Bruce Melder