2001-05-15 - Unity in the Faith
1 Corinthians 12:25,26 That there should be no division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
For the first time today I noticed the price of gas over $2.00. I knew it was coming and the news media says it will go up between $. 30 - $. 50 more, but it was still a shock to see. I was able to dig up a bit of trivia from one of the volumes I frequent. Did you know that it was on this day, May 15, 1942 that gas rationing began because of World War 2? Our nation has a history of coming together during tough times. Christians also need to do this.
One of the great advantages of being a member of a local church is that there is a support structure inherent within it. Christians support each other or at least should. Christians, in a local community of faith, unite to support, encourage, edify and strengthen each other. That is one of the conclusions from the passage above in 1 Corinthians. The goal of our unity is that there should be no division in the body of Christ.
One of the great passages on unity is Psalm 133 -- all three verses of it. In the passage it speaks of how it is good and pleasant to dwell in unity. We know this from the experience of our personal relations. To be on good terms with those we are close to is both good and pleasant. In fact, it is a real problem when there is strife within our close relations. This is why we are admonished in Ephesians 4:26, "...do not let the sun go down on your anger."
It is no different in the body of Christ. We are to function together in unity. "To sum up, let all be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil, or insult for insult, but giving blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing." 1 Peter 3:8, 9. This is no easy task, but if our nation, 69 years ago today, could come together and unify, how much more should we be able to unify in the church.
"That union which is not based on the truth of God is rather a conspiracy than a communion." Charles Spurgeon
Soli Deo Gloria,