Devotional

“May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 15:5-6. 

It seems that we are a little divided each day. We are divided politically, religiously, in the workplace, and in our relationships. This division makes it more difficult to find empathy, kindness, and common ground with others. The fact of the matter is that the harmony or unity we create in our relationships translates into many other areas of our lives. 

Unity is difficult when you have so many different types of people and viewpoints. But the Bible tells us to be likeminded and make an effort to have unity with believers and all people.  

Romans 12:16 says, “Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!” Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Give careful thought to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. “Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18) 

Charles Spurgeon said this on the subject: “We must not isolate our own interests, but feel that we live for others. This teaching is sustained by the analogy of nature, for in nature there is a law that no one thing can be independent of the rest of creation, but there is a mutual action and reaction of all upon all. All the constituent parts of the universe are bound to one another by invisible chains, and there is not a single creature in it which springs up, or flourishes, or decays itself alone. The very planets, though they float far from one another, exercise attraction; and the fixed stars, though they seem to be infinitely remote, are still linked to one another by mysterious bonds. God has so constituted this universe that selfishness is the greatest possible offense against His law and living for others, and ministering to others is the strictest obedience to His will.”  

Romans 15:5-6 gives us this blessing, “May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.” It is a significant challenge to grow like-minded with Christ in our daily walk while growing like-minded with others in the process. 

When the world sees this kind of love and unity it is a powerful testimony to the truth of the gospel. Let us work even harder to both improve our unity by the love we show in the communities we serve. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does unity mean? Why is it important to have unity in the home/family? In the church?
  2. How do you go about the goal of unity in your home, marriage, family, church? What practical steps do we need to take?