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First of all, what is the meaning of “spiritual unity?” Some of the definitions for “unity” provided in The Merriam-Webster Dictionary include “the quality or state of being made one (unification),” “a condition of harmony,” and “a combination or ordering of parts … that constitutes a whole.” Meanwhile,  “spiritual” is defined as “of, relating to, consisting of, or affecting the spirit” and “related or joined [together] in spirit.”

The Holy Bible talks about togetherness in the Book of Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” I myself think that we need spiritual unity on a national and international level to help tackle this hard-to-tackle issue of homelessness. We are all in this together, so let us all unite to end homelessness for good. Amen!

The Holy Bible talks about unity once again in the Book of Ephesians 2:5. “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved).” Amen!

But I personally think we need to unite with self first before we can come together with others in harmony.

In 1722, a small group of Moravian Christians, who lived in what is now the Czech Republic, found refuge from persecution on the estate of a generous German count. Within four years, more than 300 people came.

But instead of an ideal community for persecuted refugees, the settlement became filled with discord. Different perspectives on “Christianity” brought division. 

What they did next may seem like a small choice, but it launched an incredible revival. They began to focus on what they agreed on rather than on what they disagreed on. The result was spiritual unity. Amen!

It is truly a blessing when we can give cheerfully to those in need and receive cheerfully from those who just might have more than they need. Amen! Hallelujah!

It’s better to give than to receive. Give and it should be given back to you. Amen!

The apostle Paul strongly encouraged the believers in the church in Ephesus to live in spiritual unity. Sin would always bring trouble, selfish desires, and conflicts in relationships. But  those who were made “alive with Christ” were called to live out their new identity in practical ways. Primarily, they were to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

This spiritual unity isn’t just simple camaraderie achieved through human strength. We are to “be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love.” From a human perspective, it’s impossible to act in this way. We can’t reach “spiritual unity” through our own power but through God’s perfect power “That is at work within us.” 

How are you experiencing division or unity in your world of faith? What efforts can you make in God’s strength to keep the unity of the spirit? 

Father, you who are over all and through all and in all, live among us in such a way that spiritual unity will be present. Hallelujah! 

The Holy Bible talks about separation in the Book of Romans 8:35-39 and it says “Who shall separate from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness or peril, or sword? As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all day long, we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Amen!