- Date: March 11, 2018
- Bible Text: John 13:35
What is unity? It can be defined as "people walking together with humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another in love." In the life of the church, unity is critical. Every church member must contribute to the unity of the body of Christ. Every church member must also understand that unity does not work without love. Jesus said, "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love also for one another" (John 13:35).
Forgiveness and Unity
One of the principle issues within the life of the church is forgiveness. It is inevitable that humans will offend one another. That is the nature of being human. But Christ's disciples must also remember that we have another nature. One born of the Spirit of God who leads us and guides us in all things. When we offend one another the relationship must be reconciled in love as quickly as possible. When we are offended, we must not hold grudges. Jesus said it clearly: "For if you forgive people their trespasses, your heavenly Father will forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive people of their trespasses, neither will your Father in heaven forgive you of your trespasses" (Matt 6:14-15).
Forgiveness helps to unify the church. Don't let something a pastor or a member said cause you to fester an unforgiving heart. The apostle Paul said, "love does not take into account a wrong suffered" (1 Cor 13:5). Church unity is torn apart when members refuse to forgive. An unforgiving heart is built on pride and is deadly to the one who is holding on to it.