Unity:  Be of one accord… (Snip snip)

God tells us in His word that we are one body, His church, His bride. One unit, fitly joined together.  What for?  For HIS pleasure, for HIS work, to do what He commissioned us to do.

Ephesians 4:16

From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

 

1 Corinthians 1:10

Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly fitly joined in the same mind and in the same judgment.

 

What happens when we find fault with each other? When we gossip? When we tear each other apart?  Is this unity?  Is this what God had in mind when He gave us so much.

I will be so bold as to say that this is NOT what Jesus had in mind.  Finding fault with each other only causes strife and division. Gossip opens the door to belittle others or to find fault with them.  Tearing each other down builds walls between us.  We are instructed to LOVE one another.   Where in the Bible do we see Jesus tearing down the body of  Christ?  We don’t.  The reason for the name of this lesson “unity: be of one accord  (or snip snip) is just that.  Every time we gossip, tear down or cause division in the body we are doing just that. Snip snip snipping away at the unity of the body of Christ. Think of it like this.  A paper doll and each person tears a piece off as they enter in the sanctuary.   How much of that paper doll is left once everyone is in?  I would venture to say not much.

 

How many would like to see a revival?  How many are praying for revival?  Not only of our church, our city, but our nation.  How can we achieve this?  Through Christ.  Only God can change a heart, only God can put the desire to know Him in a person.  But what can we do?

He tells us that we are one body… it doesn’t have to do with religion.

Jesus said that the traditions and doctrines created by man cause the Word of God to have none effect.

Mark 7: 13 1Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

One thing we can do is stand in unity.  Remember how the 120 stayed in the upper room after Jesus rose on the cloud?

Do you imagine what they did for that time?  I imagine they prayed as they had seen Jesus do so often. Prayed and prayed and prayed and waited.  Scholars say from Passover to Pentecost was 50 days.  Jesus was crucified on Passover, the third day he arose, There are 50 days between Passover and Pentecost.  Jesus walked on the earth 40 days after His resurrection.  40 plus 3, so I would calculate they waited 7 days, praying and waiting.  So one thing we can do is pray and be of one accord.

 

What does the word teach us about being in unity?

UNITY

Ps 133:1-3 1(A Song of degrees of David.) Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

 

1 Peter 3:8-9 8Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

9Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

 

Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

 

Ro 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

 

Ro 14:19 19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

 

1 Cor 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

 

2 Cor 13:11Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

 

Eph 4:3Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

 

Now if we are to be in unity, we must be aware of those things which can cause the opposite. How can Satan attack our unity?

One is by division…

DIVISION:

Matthew 12:25

And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

 

Luke 11:17

But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.

 

Another is by gossip or slander:

What happens when we slander our brother or sister in Christ? Or speak malicious gossip? Carry tales? Complain about little things, tearing down each other….… do you remember each of you taking a piece of the paper doll? (hold it up)  See how much of the body is left?  We are all one body, and when we come against each other, then we self destruct… remember Jesus said a house divided against itself can not stand?  (Even President Lincoln quoted this in one of his meetings about slavery and the civil war).

What does God say about slander?

SLANDER

Ps 50:20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son.

 

Proverbs 11:13A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

 

Proverbs 20:19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

 

Luke 6:45 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Tit 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

Tit 3:1-2 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,

2To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.

 

PS 34:13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

 

Pr 26:20-22 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

21As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

22The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

 

PR 6:16-19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

17A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

18An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

19A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

 

PR 11:9 An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.

 

Matt 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

 

And then there is this:  Where do we stand in the body of Christ?  Are we in unity?  Or do we just try to portray the image of somebody in unity. In Matthew 23:28 Jesus said  “So you outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”

The only one who knows truly where we stand with God, in our own soul is God and ourselves.  We must ask ourselves, and ask God, “Where do we fall short?  Where do we need to change to be a unified member of YOUR body, Lord?”

 

Let’s all end our service with a prayer that we be of one mind, in unity, in Christ Jesus.