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Unity in the bond of peace


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jun. 06, 2018 - 5:19 PM

“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” Ephesians 4:3

To my readers, I solicit your help with a matter of the heart. We are living in the days for Jesus’ prayer to be activated in the lives of His people.

His prayer was to make us one, even as He and the Father are one. John wrote, “I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.” (John 17:23-26).

It is God’s desire that we become one as believers – both Jew and Gentile – unified and show His love, for the purpose of advancing the Kingdom of God.

As believers, we are commanded to love one another. Unity is found in love. God’s love is perfect, and it will love past the boundaries our society set up. Love conquers a multitude of sins.

The Father, Son and Holy Ghost are one, and they are found in unity with each other. What greater depiction of unity can we find? The scriptures teach, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.” (Psalm 133:1)

We’re in the last of last days. We do not have time to argue the gender, race or religious argument. However, we must seek the face of God and ask for guidance in our remaining time on earth.

Time has become a precious commodity. We can either use it wisely or abuse it through distractions. It is necessary to understand the God and Creator of the universe, Yahweh, Elohim, Jehovah. When we get to know Him, He will pour out His Love on us and we will desire to be unified as one.

When believers are able to demonstrate unity – Father Son and Holy Ghost – in numbers, the presence of God will saturate the atmosphere for His Manifested Glory. We’re not referring to just a gathering, but one He has sponsored.

Why must we gather in unity? To seek the Father’s face for revival as well as His presence. His presence will bring about change. Change brings about unity and love among the brethren. How can we successfully gather in numbers to bring about change? We must understand the Word of God, which is the life of God, and His prescription on how to assemble as His people.

The Holy Spirit gives life, meaning and power to His people. He brings true understanding to the Body of Christ.

Paul wrote to the Church at Ephesus and said, “Wherefore he saith, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.” What were the gifts? “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.” (Ephesians 4:8)

We must understand the Greek word for men in 4:8 is rendered, “mankind.” This should remove the gender distraction.

Why did He give mankind gifts? He gave them for “the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12-13)

We’re still coming into; and therefore, we must lean not to our own understanding.

I urge you as a reader, to seek God, our Heavenly Father for guidance in these last of last days. He’s waiting for your cry and call. If you call Him, He will answer.

Apostle Debra Harris

Newnan