I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment—(1 Corinthians 1:10, ESV).
My city has several Bible colleges and a church on every corner. With that being true, there are of course a multitude of different denominations and doctrines to be found as well. Recently, a group of young adults held a unity service to meet together and worship.
Which got me to thinking.
We choose our place of worship for several reasons, but typically to align ourselves with those who hold similar views with regards to statements of faith and worship styles. The Bible instructs us often to be unified as the body of Christ, but yet the reality is... we are different. If we can’t fully agree on certain theology or even worship songs, how can we ever have the same mind and judgment?
This is tougher–and easier–than it seems.
Often you will hear that as Christians, we need to ‘show’ love to one another. But I say we need to ‘do’ ...not ‘show’. We need to actually love each other, despite our differences! That’s what the young people in our city figured out. There are mysteries in the Word and many interpretations on a few grey areas that on this side of heaven, I don’t think that our city–never mind the whole world–will ever come to an agreement on.
But this we can agree on. Christ died for our sins and we are called to love the Lord our God with all our hearts and our neighbor as ourselves (notice that there was no disclaimer on denominational differences).
Lord, we want to be obedient to your Word. Help us to remember to show–and to love – our neighbors regardless to what church they attend (or don’t)! It’s your kindness that leads to repentance ...sweet Spirit of God, forgive us for any division or disrespect that has resulted in tarnishing your name. Unify us with your love and cause us to be a force in our cities and nations for you, Amen.
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