Jesus prayed on the night He was betrayed for the disciples to be one, just like He and the Father are one. He also prayed that those that would come to believe on His name would be one.* At the cross, all believers are the same. We're all sinners saved by grace.
Many of God's people belong to fellowships that together make up the one true church. We must be careful to find a group that we can be united with in unity. God hates dissension and strife and we must be careful to never be the one that is sowing discord.* We are told in the New Testament:
"If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men."*All men - I take this to mean everyone, and can I just say, unity is just as important in your families. It is said "a house divided against itself cannot stand." Perhaps disunity is one of the reasons for so many broken homes today.
So many times, unity does depend on you. It depends on you keeping your mouth shut, not telling everything you know, not saying the thing that really doesn't need to be said. Yes, there are times when things need to be set right, but before you take that drastic step, stop and think. "Does this really need to be said or am I just wanting to be vindicated?"
You see, the motive is the thing. If your motive is pure and not for self-gain, then feel free to speak what God has laid on your heart. If you have the slightest doubt, the best thing is to let God take care of it.
You can trust He will!
* John 17:11-23, Proverbs 6:16-19, Romans 12:18
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