Wednesday, May 24, 2006
THE SPIRIT OF UNITY
LIVING IN THE SPIRIT OF UNITY
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves.
God wants us to find unity within the Body of Christ. To do this we must first have unity with ourselves and with our family.
Sometimes we find that in the first six to eight seconds of meeting someone, we decide if we’re going to let that person into our life or not.
We quickly evaluate things like eye contact, facial expression, how we shake hands with each other or their position in life.
No matter how good we think we are we have some prejudices, biases, some preconditioning that we have to shed
We need to look ‘spirit’ to ‘spirit’--To look beyond the flesh and mess on the surface. We need three things in order to do this.
Love, the Spirit, and God. These three things will help us to find oneness in the Body of Christ.
Love One Another
A new command I give you. Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another
It’s like He’s saying love one time for the Father, love two times for the Son, love three times for the Holy Spirit.
Unity in the Body of Christ, unitiy in your own spirit, and unity in your home can only be experienced through perfect, indescribable, unconditional love of God.
There is no one not worthy of God’s love. Everyone can be and is loved by God
Before the foundation of the world we were already on God’s mind. Before anything we were on God’s mind.
In Psalm 139:13-16 we are told that we are more spirit than we are flesh.
For you created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made,
Your works are wonderful
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
When I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
Your eyes saw my unformed body
All the days ordained for me
Were written in your book
Before one of them came to be.
With in our flesh, our spirit guards and rules. When we meet
people spirit to spirit, we know that God has made them. All fearfully and wonderfully made by God.
God is love and His love is unconditional. We were made in His image and filled with His spirit.
Having love in you as God loves is what unity is all about.
Next time we’ll take a look at several things that will bring about that unity.
‘On Ya’ - ma