We need unity. It is not a time to separate and fight, but instead, come together and unite. We can accomplish and do so much more when we are united and not divided. I think you would agree with me, right?
So, how do we unite?
I believe unity can be achieved through these three things.
1. A RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS.
No one taught and practiced unity any more than Jesus. Let us not forget that He said, “That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” In my opinion, anywhere there is a problem with unity, I can assure you, at the root of it is relational. When there is a lack of relationship with Jesus, division will find its way in. The closer we get to Him, the further we will be from dissension.
2. EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW.
I believe this is where leadership comes in. If unity is not observed, it will not be practiced. People can’t follow what they can’t see. If the leaders of a church, business, or organization aren’t promoting and performing the example of leadership, it will never be executed. As a pastor, I have to realize how important my position is in the completion of unity. I am an example that people will follow, and how I treat everyone around me will send a message of division or unity.
3. MARRIED COUPLES, TO LEAD THE WAY.
I firmly believe that the decay in marriages is one of the things that has led us to such disunity within our churches. Marriage is something spiritual and must be entered into by a man and woman that is first committed to God. If a couple isn’t properly aligned with God, they will never be in alignment with one another. The Apostle Paul told us that marriage is a representation of Christ and His Church. How Jesus loves His Church is how a husband should love his wife. The respect and love that the Church shows Jesus is how a wife should treat her husband. I don’t have time to write about why some marriages end in divorce, although, I think I covered it. My point is, it’s been affecting the Church for the last several years. Husbands and wives; you must realize how essential your covenant is between each other. You are a vital part of keeping our churches together. Why do you think the enemy fights marriage so hard? It’s because he knows if he can break-up and marriage, he can create discord in the Church.
Husbands and wives, I’m calling on you for help. Love each other and lead the way to unity. Quit fighting over stupid stuff. Learn when to speak, and when to shut-up. Stop bringing up crap from the past. Get over yourself and stop letting a personal problem become a marital one. Your kids are watching you, and so is your Church. Get it together so we can keep it together. Be friends, be lovers, and most of all, be united.
Pardon me for being so plain and bold, but I believe that unity is imperative. We need it in our world, our Nation, our homes, our churches, our work, and schools. I know we can do it, but we’re beyond that now; WE MUST UNITE!!!