Stronger Together Than Apart (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 93)
Ephesians 4:3 (NLT)
Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.
Is it any wonder that the best relationships take work? The idea of effort seems to have become a much hated word since the beginning of modernism. In our age, it is easier to avoid people because of the work, love, and sacrifice that is required to maintain relationships. Grace is often misunderstood and peace is misinterpreted.
The effort that is required to obtain unity among the body of Christ is first a heart and soul job. We must work on our insides. Nobody can change our hearts for us but God, and if we desire to live in such unity and peace, we must be open to God dealing with us in such a manner that unity and peace will be the result. Unity is not so much a form of activity as it is an attitude. Many people worship in the same building but do not have a heart to fellowship, love, help, and speak truth to each other.
When we are unified in our hearts, we can say that the Holy Spirit lives and works within us. True unity cannot exist on the surface, it is the result of what God works within us. When God works within each person, real community exists. Unity does not exist in a vacuum. It is God’s desire that we experience harmony in our relationships with people whether in business, school, family, or social friendships.
Jesus has commanded us to do whatever is necessary to promote unity and protect harmony in our relationships. Conflicts, disputes, quarrels, and disagreements can cause severe damage when it goes unchecked. When we choose to bind ourselves together in peace, we become like roots that grow and eventually forms a strong oak tree. So do the work necessary to cultivate harmonious relationships and interactions with others. We are always stronger together than we can ever be apart.
“In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity.”
— Richard Baxter