Monday, November 7, 2011

All For One

“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
John 17:20-21

One of the events in Jesus' life that should touch us deeply is this: His prayer to the Father on our behalf. Just hours away from His death, the Lord is asking for unity among believers. Those who would come to know Him years after He had left the earth. Unity is so important, because it is what will make the world believe that Jesus is God. But maintaining unity doesn't mean we compromise on doctrinal truth. In Acts 15  Paul and Barnabas had "great dissension and debate" with their Christian brothers over circumcision, but they did not disassociate from them. They continued to meet with them and seek God's will together to resolve their differences. And God resolved them. Perhaps that experience caused Paul to write in Philippians 3:15 "and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you." Lord, help us all to be one -- and all for One.

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