What is unity? Why is it important? As Christians, how can we live in unity? Paul gave us an answer in Ephesians:
I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:1-6)
Paul exhorted the community in Ephesians to live a life worthy of the calling that they have received. (v. 1). He encouraged them to preserve unity as they share one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God. Paul reminded the Ephesians that living in unity is the best way they can witness to non-believers.
Unity in the body of Christ is important because through unity, people will distinguish that we are followers of Christ. In the Book of Acts, because of the unity of the believers, they sold their properties, have everything in common and distributed to all according to their need (Acts 4:32-34). This is powerful witnessing!
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