Unity Promotes Glorifying God

Daily God Walk for Monday, November 7, 2011

 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.                    – Romans 15:5-6

 Paul had just been giving the church at Rome instructions on how to get along with those who differed with them. Some of the early believers felt that it was important to continue honoring the Jewish feasts and holidays and, in fact, felt that it was necessary for all believers to do so.

In chapter 14 he says, “Everyone of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another” (v12-13). In the following verses he makes the point that some are convinced that certain foods or actions are wrong for them and those people must live according to their conscience. However, he goes on to tell them that in those things they should not require others to agree but allow them to have their own conscience before God.

If we would only follow that advice we would see a lot less division among believers and unity would prevail. It is for unity that Paul is appealing to the church.

While we are striving with the evil in the world let us not carry that strife over into the body of Christ by requiring other believers to practice their faith just the way we do. I’m not talking about ignoring sin or allowing heresy, but I am talking about things like days of worship and lifestyle issues that are not in contradiction to the teaching of the Word of God.

When we can look past the individual differences we have with others in the body of Christ and allow them the same freedom we expect to have, then we can come together in unity. It is this coming together united in our common faith to worship the Lord God as one that glorifies our Father.

So let us with one heart and one mouth give praise and thanksgiving to the Lord of Glory.

 Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to look past my differences with other believers and join with them in glorifying you. Amen.

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