Unity has many faces. Some are hideously ugly, others mesmerisingly beautiful. Some enforced with an iron fist, others enjoyed with a selfless loving humility. Man-made or God-crafted.
One of the many reason I love our church (the people, not the building or the gatherings), is our variety. Our roots and skin shades, our stories and our struggles with one common denominator: Christ’s love. This diversity can be our blessing or our curse. We can chose to collide or be woven together by God’s skilled artistry.
The secret is to see those around me created by God’s amazing originality.
The secret is to allow God to do his work in me first, not just in us.
The secret is to see beauty in someone not being like me.
The secret is to ask what can I do for others, before asking what others can do for me.
The secret is to try to ‘get’ people, getting over barriers of fear or eccentricity.
The secret is not to expect to see the beauty of unity close-up but only from afar.
The secret is to assume the best and make room for genuine excuses.
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!
I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
This week (and not only this week): pray for unity & play your part in loving, serving and encouraging