Unity in the Church: Hard, but Not Optional

Ever heard the phrase, “No pain, no gain”?

It’s easily applied to unity. We’re all one body, joined in Christ, and unity is beyond essential. It’s commanded. It’s part of the defition of Church.

But what makes it so hard? Pride. Unforgiveness. Theological differences. Prejudices. Selfishness. Laziness. You can add your own stumbling block to the list. Unity is hard, but it’s not optional.

My daughter is fond of saying, “This is no fun,” when she has to do something she doesn’t want to. I usually quip something like, “Life’s not about having fun.” Really, it isn’t. If we never clean up our house and clutter and germs pile up like flies on a . . .oh, that’s gross.

We do things because we need to, because they’re necessary, and in the case of church unity, because God commands it of us.

What’s hard for you today? What pulls you back from unity? Buckle your boot straps. We’ve got work to do.


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