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Today’s Devotional: “Love And Unity Needed”
If a believer says they love God but hates their brothers and sisters in Christ, then they are liars and they are not disciples of Jesus (1 John 3:14-15). And if anyone says they’re a believer, but cause division within the church, then they aren’t serving God, but their own appetites (Romans 16:17-18).
Love and unity are the two qualities every believer and church need to have on open display, because they are the mark of a true believer and church. And you can’t have one without the other. We cannot have true unity without having love for God and for each other, and we cannot have love for God and each other if we’re not unified. This was the mark of the early church even though differences existed.
Years ago, I saw a TV ad about the benefits of pure water. You see a musical quartet with each member made from pure water. In the beginning they were playing beautifully and were in perfect harmony. But as they continued one violinist began to play off key.
When the camera focuses on this watery individual, we see impurities floating within him. Then one of the members of this quartet takes out a strainer and strains out these impurities allowing the violinist to once again play in harmony with the others.
As human vessels we’re all filled with the sinful nature, and if we let these impurities exist within our lives without confession, forgiveness, and repentance, which represents the strainer in this ad, then we can cause friction and disharmony with others causing division along with tainting the pure message of God’s grace and truth.
God will only bless people and a church that are in tune with Him and with one another.
One church leader made this observation. “Crack cocaine, alcohol, and sexual temptation have slain their thousands, but bickering, quarreling, and criticism have slain their ten thousand. No wonder the heart-attack rate for ordained minister is off the charts.”
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