I was listening to a message on the radio the other day. The speaker was addressing the church, in particular, but the more I listened, the more I thought of the relationship between parents and children.
The message had four simple points, each one was predicated on the next. The focus of the message was unity.
What mother does not want to have unity in her home? The sounds of happy children. The knowledge that her children are safe and love her and each other?
I was at a conference several years ago and the speaker had all of the husbands and children stand up, gather around the mothers and call them, are you ready for this? “Blessed!” (Proverbs 31)
I have an aunt who used to have her children respond to her by saying, “Yes, beautiful mummy.” It was a joke but when my children started doing it for fun it was wonderful!
So, back to unity. Unity means working together, having common goals. It involves trust and it involves sacrifice. We will not always agree. But that does not mean that there needs to be a breakdown in unity.
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
In order to be able to live together in unity, we must first be convicted of how necessary that is. God calls us to be of one mind.
All the believers were one in heart and mind.
1 Corinthians 1:10
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.
Being convicted of the importance of something means that a person now has two choices. The first, ignore the conviction and do what they want to do anyway or the second, deliberately choose to follow their convictions and let them become the building blocks of their character.
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.