“Do we not all have one father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously each against his brother so as to profane the covenant of our fathers? Malachi 2:10
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Romans 8:15-17
This resurrected life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” Whoever says that he abides in Jesus ought to walk in the same way in which our Lord walked. So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus. God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who He is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s Jesus prepared for us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If not yet, then a time is coming when we will. If we go through the hard times with Him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with Him!
So then brothers and sisters, if we are to go through good and hard times with Christ, who is the same spirit in us, shall we not be unified in the same spirit? If we bicker, gossip and mock each other during good times, what then will be during the times when we not only will want, but will be in dire need to stand by each other? Moreover, the greatest gospel preached, is an invitation in to life of victory; will it be our love and unity for each other which will invite the unsaved in to our unity in Christ, or….
The Epistles also challenged and invited us to look in to unity in Christ. The following are a challenge that I hope you will take up and will exemplify in your lives.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Romans 12:10
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58
If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. Matthew 18:15
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Romans 12:16
I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 1 Corinthians 1:10
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.