Christian Unity

That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

Romans 15:6-7

Christians should have unity.  There are so many things that Christians share in common, that one would think they would be able to get along with each other.  And yet how often do we not get along with each other.  How many churches have people who don’t talk to or associate with other people?  How many churches are divided into little cliques that shun anyone not in their “group?”  How many stories are there about churches splitting over the silliest things?  I once read of a church that split because they couldn’t agree on what color of carpet to put in the church auditorium.

The main cause of all of those things is the fact that we start looking at ourselves and at each other instead of keeping our eyes on the Lord Jesus.  If we would keep our focus where it is supposed to be, we could probably avoid most of these disputes.  But I digress.

Verse 7 tells us to “…receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.”  We are supposed to receive others and have some unity in our families and churches.  God received us.  We should receive others.  As verse 6 says, we should “with one mind and one mouth glorify God.”  But, when we stop glorifying God and when we stop being thankful for all that He has done for us, we can tend to get a little cranky and we can tend to start not having much patience with each other.

How are we doing in the area of Christian unity?  Are we focused on glorifying Him with other Christians or are we focused on glorifying ourselves?

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