Jesus Prayed For Unity Among His People

“Lord, help us be unified.”
You may have heard someone say a prayer similar to that in a church business meeting or, in a worship service. When someone prays in that manner, it often indicates there are some issues that a church is dealing with that are dividing the congregation. I am a Christian. I love the Lord Jesus and I love His church and His word but, my Christian family has not always loved one another as we should. We seem to constantly be bickering and arguing about something and that is the opposite of what Jesus wanted us to be.
In John 17, Jesus prayed for His disciples. He prayed, “May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.”
Notice Jesus said, “May they experience such perfect UNITY that the world will know that you sent me…”
Let’s be honest; we haven’t done real well at the unity thing over 2,000 years of Christian history. I mean, if you just google “churches,” you will find “Baptist… Methodist… Presbyterian…Pentecostal…Episcopal…Catholic..Church of Christ… Assembly of God… Church of God…Non-denominational etc” If you just google “Baptist,” you will find… “Free will.. Missionary… American… Primitive…and Southern Baptist.”
I think I just listed fifteen different denominations and I know left something off. Now imagine that you are not a Christian but, you reach a point in your life where you want to learn more about God. So, you need to find a church. You google “church” and everything I wrote above pops up. A non-Christian could easily think, “Man, is Jesus that divided?” No, Jesus is not but His people often are.
Jesus wants us to have unity. Does that mean we will never disagree? No. But, you can disagree with someone in love. The kingdom of God is big. As I understand it, there are five things a Christian has to believer in order to be a Christian; 1) They must believe in the virgin birth of Jesus, 2) They must believe that Jesus lived a perfect sinless life, 3)They must believe in atoning death of Jesus on the cross, 4) They must believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesu and, 5) They must believe in the second coming of Jesus.
Outside of those doctrines, there is room for disagreement. In fact, most church fights don’t involve the essential doctrines we must believe. Most church fights are about the color of the carpet or the style of the music etc…
Jesus prayed that we might have unity. Join me today in praying and living toward that end.

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