The Future Is As Bright As The Promises Of God

Unity Among Christians

“That they all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in you, that they also be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21 (NASB)
There is a purpose in Jesus’ desire for the unity of believers: “That the world may believe that You sent Me.” Jesus saw the lack of unity as a hindrance to evangelism. We know from our own experiences that non-believers often cite divisions in the church as a reason for their lack of interest in the Christian message.
“That they may all be one” is not an organizational unity accomplished by man-made resolutions or the decisions of ecclesiastical bodies. Jesus describes our unity in this manner: “as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You.” This unity is spiritual in nature–a oneness in mind, will, and purpose that is expressed in our love for God and for all who have accepted Christ and are therefore God’s children.
What if an unbeliever saw individual Christians loving one another? Wouldn’t they take notice of Christians who sacrifice for one another? Wouldn’t genuine concern about meeting one another’s needs be attractive to the unbeliever?
All true believers must cultivate the unity for which Christ prayed.

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