Conflicts among believers are nothing new. In fact, the apostle Paul wrote numerous times in his epistles about the need for unity and how to accomplish it. Unity of purpose and walking together with one mind are noble aspirations but are far easier said than done. In the heat of the moment, people say things they deeply regret later. Every single one of us has said and done things that we knew were wrong but did them anyway to prove a point or make ourselves feel better.
If Christians thought of themselves more as a team and less as a debating society, we would at least stand a chance at seeing the fruits of unity be manifested. Athletic history is littered with teams who assembled a roster of superstars but because they could and would not work together as a team, failed miserably. Athletic history is also full of teams with inferior athletes who because of teamwork were able to accomplish far more than they should have been able to do.
The keys to seeing unity of purpose and oneness of mind within the Body of Christ are simple yet extremely difficult to actually do. Please look at Philippians 2:2-5 as an example of this:
2make full my joy, that ye be of the same mind, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind;
3doing nothing through faction or through vainglory, but in lowliness of mind each counting other better than himself;
4not looking each of you to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others.
5Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: (ASV)
The goal is to achieve the level of like-mindedness, oneness of accord and oneness of mind mentioned in verse 2. If dissention, strife, power struggles and division can be eliminated; what remains is unity and oneness. The question that begs to be answered is how this is done. The answers are actually quite simple but unfortunately, very difficult to accomplish. The keys to attaining the same mind, having the same love, being of one accord and of one mind are:
The beauty of this whole thing is that if we will just strive to do these five things, we will have the mind (attitude) found in Christ Jesus. If we all think and act like Christ Jesus, then we will have the same mind, the same love, be of one accord and of one mind. If we can put off dissention, conflict and pride while putting on humility and brotherly love; we can indeed enjoy the unity found in Christ Jesus.
Heard an interesting comment yesterday listening to a sermon by John MacArthur that although other religions have schism and factions it is nothing compared to Christianity. The devil is not that interested in a false religion but if he can taint the true faith and cause false belief and division he has scored a great victory. God Bless, Phil
Very good point !
The enemy is the enmity between us, the fleshly mind can not understand the things of the spirit, but don't mean that the other person is falling,forsaken or lost, and these two war against the other that we can't do what is meant and righteous ,because there is a great barrier between the spiritual and the fleshly understandings .
ËenmÉ dÄ /
the state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile to someone or something.
"enmity between Protestants and Catholics"
synonyms: hostility, animosity, antagonism, friction, antipathy, animus, acrimony, bitterness, rancor, resentment, aversion, ill feeling, bad feeling, ill will, bad
The biggest dangers is whenever anyone is thinking that someone else is (falling,forsaken or lost) ,just because there is a lack of understanding between the two .
This is the cause of the pain in birth, and the labor is long suffering and traveling but the key is passion and perseverance,and we all should know that this takes time !
My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
Be forever blessed
Yes those 5 points are not easy but we are encouraged to put these on as garments and form them as habits - that is we must work at forming the mind of Christ and along with the em powering of the HS we begin to attain a oneness.