Unity. It’s a common word but not a common sentiment. It doesn’t come naturally and doesn’t come without a cost. But it does come with a lasting reward. Most of us like the thought of it, until it comes to actually doing the hard work it takes to achieve it. Standing united, whether it be with your spouse, your team of co-workers, or another church, is a testimony to others and draws others in. Unity fulfills every person’s inner desire for community and is the source of true success, deep fulfillment, and faithful relationships.

Unity when opinions differ

Let’s be honest, being united in vision is easy when you share the same opinions, but what about when others disagree with your point of view or see things differently than you? That’s when the real test comes. Or what about in marriage? Being united with your spouse feels natural when you’re on the honeymoon and enjoying the beginning stages of marriage. But, what about ten, fifteen, or thirty years down the road when it’s not all fresh and new? Will you stand united, as one, through the test of time?

Unity in weariness

I’ve found unity is a choice that must be made almost daily. There are many things we encounter throughout the course of life that put up a really good fight against any signs of unity. Some of these may include weariness, busyness, lack of clear vision, or selfishness (“my way or the highway!”). I believe it’s a battle worth fighting because we see in scripture that God’s heart is for us to live in unity with each other.

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:3-5

We will go much further in life and experience love much greater when we stand united. Let’s follow His example, even when it means laying down our personal agenda for the greater good of those around us. Today, let’s make every effort to keep unity in our workplace, our home, and our relationships.