"How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!" Psalm 133:1
I've heard it said many times, and I can't say that I disagree: "There are no perfect churches because there are no perfect people." However, there is a perfect Son who lived and died to save imperfect people. Jesus loved the church, and God's Word says that He will soon return for His bride, the church. Until that time comes, the church is to be the light of the world. God's Word also tells us in Psalm 133:1 that the church should "live together in unity!" In Acts, we see that the first church members were devoted to the apostles' teaching. They fellowshipped together, they prayed together, and they broke bread together. Acts 2:44 says, "All the believers were together and had everything in common." What happened to this church? Acts 2:47 says, "And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." Are we seeing this in our churches today? If not, then maybe we are missing unity. We have to leave behind our selfish desires and motives. In other words, we have to get over ourselves! Unity means to be one with others. When we begin to be one in our churches, we will see God's power unfold. Acts 4:32 says, "All the believers were one in heart and mind." Verse 33 goes on to say, "And God's grace was so powerfully at work in them all." I pray that we will enjoy unity in our churches today so that God's powerful grace will flow through us. Do we really want to see the Lord add to our number daily those being saved? Are we willing to live together in unity?