We Choose Unity
12. Luke 12:58
“For while you are going with your opponent to appear before the magistrate, on your way there make an effort to settle with him, so that he may not drag you before the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.”
13. Colossians 3:12-14
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
14. Ephesians 4:31-32
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
15. Hebrews 12:14
“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”
It is up to each of us to decide to live according to Scripture and God’s command for unity. Sometimes, the experiences we have in life make it difficult to follow the biblical model of righteousness, but Jesus can help us overcome any sin and obstacle in our lives.
Being critical, judgmental, or unforgiving feels easy or natural at times, yet as followers of Jesus, we are called to bear the fruit of gentleness, joy, and kindness. We can instruct our hearts and our attitudes to pursue unity. We can forgive, we can live in peace with others, and we can radically love people just as Jesus commanded.
Unity may feel hard or impossible to achieve, but truly, all things are possible through Christ Jesus.
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