When I think of unity and agreement – I think of love. When I think of love – I think of unity.
The power of love, unity, and agreement is a powerful tool and weapon God has given to us as believers. Our love, unity, and agreement should, and needs to be, based on God’s word. This is not speaking of mindlessly following what someone else thinks or says, but with our individual personalities, quirks, and gifts, be in agreement or cooperation with the body of believers.
1 Corinthians 12 talks about a variety of Spiritual gifts given to different people, but all from the same Spirit. A variety of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. They are all for the common good. Our physical bodies have many members yet it works together as one body. The church has many members but we should also work as one body.
Love helps strengthen our cohesiveness, our unity or ability to be in agreement. Love for God and love for one another. So much comes from love. For example: love is patient, kind, does not envy, does not boast, it is not proud; it does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love doesn’t delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres; love never fails.
So, if we want patience, instead of just praying for patience, should we simply pray to love – as patience comes with love, plus so much more? How about this Valentines and through the year, we pray to love, to love as God loves? After all, isn’t love the greatest gift?
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” 1 Corinthian 13:1-2
And as we seek love find unity and agreement as well…“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus…”Philippians 2:1-5
A Rambling Thought…God wrote us a love letter called the Bible. What love letter will we write to Him with our life?