Real Unity Is Possible Only in the Light

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Whether we’re talking about the need for unity in a spiritually mismatched marriage, an ethnically diverse community, or an acutely divided region of the world, the answer is always on the cross and in the blood of Jesus.

God loves variety and diversity and our multi-colored, multi-cultural world shows off this characteristic of God quite well. But as sinful human beings, we are prone to divide, to defend, and to separate ourselves behind protective walls and a false sense of superiority. It’s hard to appreciate the beauty of the human mosaic in the dark, and it’s a rather dark world in which we live.

In the Light, however, everything looks different. The Apostle John wrote, “But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7 NLT)

Real unity must have some foundation other than a flawed and broken system erected by flawed and broken people. The good news is that the Creator has a plan, and His plan culminates in the cross where His Son gave His life as a ransom, a cleansing sacrifice for all who will trust in Him.

I’ve previously referred to the blood of Jesus as the great equalizer, and the basis for real unity. Many who operate outside the faith call for unity but do so on political grounds or seek to level the playing field in some other, artificial way. But in the gospel we find that all of us must face our common flaws, acknowledging our sins and shortcomings. And in the gospel all of us find the grace and forgiveness of God that provides equal access to the Father.

Whether we’re talking about the need for unity in a spiritually mismatched marriage, an ethnically diverse community, or an acutely divided region of the world, the answer is always in the cross and in the blood of Jesus. Our restored unity with God provides the basis of our reconciliation in every kind of human relationship. Real unity is only possible when we see other people in the Light of the grace of God.

 

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