Psalm 133:1 etc.
When we and/or our friends are facing trials we appreciate those who pray for us.
Before Jesus went to the cross, He prayed for every person who would be saved by Him.
John 17:20-21 - "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me."
Please notice that Jesus prayed for the unity of those who would trust Him! This is a unity of every truly born again Christian. This unity is to be a testimony to those who do not know Christ as Savior.
Psalm 133:1 states the importance and beauty of this kind of Godly unity.
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"
Looking at other portions of Scripture, we can find some of the ways there should be unity among true believers
UNITY OF PERSONALITY - CHILDREN OF GOD - John 1:12
Very often we say "He's just like his father", or "She's just like her mother."
We tend to have personality traits similar to the personality traits found in our parents.
According to John , a person who is saved is a child of God.
The moment a person is saved the Holy Spirit does a work in his life and he is changed. John 3:1-8
2 Corinthians 5:17
As children of God, we should now all demonstrate some of the personality characteristics of our Heavenly Father.
God is forgiving. We are to forgive.
God cares about the Spiritual well being of others. We should care about the Spiritual well being of others.
God cares about the physical well being of others. We should care about the physical well being of others.
God is holy. We should strive for holiness in our own lives.1 Peter 1:15-16
UNITY OF PURPOSE - AMOS 3:3
We can not walk together in unity unless we are in agreement. We must agree on the purpose of our lives. I believe every one of us should have a three-fold purpose for living. If all Christians have these purposes, we will be unified!
1. To Love and Obey God - Matthew
2. To Love Each Other - Matthew , John -35
3. To Win Souls to Faith in Christ - Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Peter 3:15, Mark
UNITY OF POWER - THE HOLY SPIRIT - Ephesians 1:19-23, , , Acts 1:8
Paul prayed that the Ephesians would understand the power that is at work inside of them (Ephesians -23). He also prayed that the Holy Spirit would strengthen them within.
Later, he commanded us to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians ). There will be unity as the Holy Spirit controls all who are saved!
UNITY OF PRAYER - Ephesians , 1 Timothy 2:1-4, Acts , Acts
When the church unifies in prayer, God does wonderful things!