Recently I have had on my heart a burden for unity in the church. Those who come to Central Plains Prayer Room will know that that was my theme for the evening for intercession this past Thursday. My verse fro the set was 1 Peter 3:8 ‘Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.’ At prayer meeting on the Tuesday of this week I became so broken hearted over this topic and how it is controlling the church that my heart ached and I cried, it is so rare for me to feel an issue that deeply that I knew I needed to spend more time on it. So I have spent lots of time thinking this topic over.
I feel as though unity in the church is an uncomfortable topic because it requires the body of Christ to put aside differences and come together under the singular focus of Jesus and the gospel that has saved us. I know in my own heart even that I struggle with putting theological differences aside sometimes. But something in that 1 Peter verse is about being humbled mind. NO ONE has all the answers and NO ONE is always right! I really learned that fact after getting married, somethings I am really wrong on but also somethings just aren’t worth fighting over. We have to put pride aside.
Oh for brotherly love it be restored! Yes when someone hurts you it’s hard to forgive but its God’s desire and command, especially when it comes to a fellow believer. There is a freedom that comes when one forgives! This is the thing that bugs me though, Christians talking down other Christians. When I hear “oh and so-and-so went off the skits!” Or “I just hate when a church does this.” It is down right fully against the brotherly love that he is talking about there. It’s important because without a supernatural love there won’t be unity.
Jesus’ body of Christians isn’t segregated to individual groups of believers, no it is one bride. So many walls have been built up over the years by denominations, groups and theological issues, the gospel is bigger then those. It has ruined friendships and even made the thought of unity seem like an impossibility! Now I don’t think that we will all be meeting in on huge church building when we get “unified” but I see from that verse that things will change. Divisions will come down and we won’t be whispering “oh they go to that church..” The walls built up over generations will crack and crumble as believers realize it isn’t worth it to hold on to some things. Jesus is only coming back for one bride and I don’t want to be left out of that body because I wouldn’t let go of my pride.