I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. 1 Corinthians 1:10 (NIV)
How can I stay united with my fellow believers? There are bound to be differences of opinion. Everyone has a slightly different take on how they see the world. Each person sees life from the lense of their own experience. Everyone has a different make-up. Each one of us is unique. How can I possibly have the same mind and thought with others? I have different experiences. I have different perspectives. My background and make-up and experiences are unique. I don’t even like the idea of agreeing with others. I don’t really want to think like others think. The idea of having my mind in sync with others is not a pleasant thought to me. I want to be different. I want to be creative. I don’t want to color within the lines. I want to do things that are outside the box. I like change. I don’t want to live with what is comfortable and familiar. I can’t accept the way that things are. I want to dream about how things could be. I want new and different experiences. I don’t want to conform. I don’t want to live up to other’s expectations. I don’t want to come under someone else’s judgement. I want to use all the gifts and talents and abilities you have given to me. I don’t want to live under any restrictions. I don’t want to live under someone else’s constraints. I want to boldly go and do what ask me to do. You sound just like the person that I created you to be. Really? Yes, really.
Let me ask you some questions. I’m listening. You have my complete attention. Do you want others to live the life that I have called them to live? Can you wish for others what you want for yourself? Do you want others to live out their uniqueness? Will you encourage others to live the life that I have called them to live? Yes, I can wholeheartedly support all of these things. So, will you be comfortable when other’s thoughts and words and deeds look and sound different than yours? You will not place any restrictions and constraints on others? No, I will not. Can you see how there can be unity amongst all the beautiful diversity that I have created? Yes, I can. Will you pray for unity of thought and mind among your fellow believers, as they live out the unique lives that I have given them to live? Yes, I will. That’s good. That is the unity that I desire. That is the unity that will be a bold and bright witness for me in the world. That is what I want. That will be very good.
Lord, I know that disunity among believers is a prideful and ugly thing that is a poor witness to the world. Help me to not be a part of any disunity among believers. Help me to pray for unity in the church that will be a bold and bright witness for you in the world. Amen
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