Tuesday 1.19 | Unity

I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. M ake every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 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

There is only one church. Jesus died on the cross to tear down all dividing walls of hostility and create in himself one new humanity. Unfortunately, in America, the church has allowed the walls of hostility that define our broken world, whether political, racial, tribalistic, etc, to invade and rob the church of its unity.

Ultimately, the greatest witness to the world is the visible unity of the church. When the church is unified, the demonic powers and principalities in the spiritual realm know that their days of running the show are numbered. But unfortunately, in this moment, the church is sorely divided in many ways. The Lord’s heart is grieved by our disunity, and the watching world is not impressed.

Set aside 15 minutes to pray today.
Ask God to humble us, and to tear down the dividing walls of hostility within the church.
Pray against toxic tribalism, political division, racism, pride, arrogance, and their ilk – in the name of Jesus, claiming the power of Jesus’ blood, shed to unite his people.

Repent for any ways you have dehumanized, dismissed or shown contempt for those in the family of faith who are different from you or see things differently from you.

Whoever loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no cause of stumbling in him. But whoever hates his brother i s i n t he darkness and walks in the darkness. He does not know where he is going, because the darkness h as blinded his eyes. – 1 John 2:10-11

Pray for all those in the Church who have been blinded by the darkness of the world and have thereby succumbed to hate any of their brothers or sisters in the Lord for any reason.

Consider closing with this prayer:

O God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only Savior,
the Prince of Peace: Give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions; take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatever else may hinder us from godly union and concord; that, as there is but one Body and one Spirit, one hope of our calling, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all, so we may be all of one heart and of one soul, united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of faith and charity, and may with one mind and one mouth glorify you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.