Envying, strife and divisions had reduced the early Corinthian Christians back to the natural, or carnal, state that they were in before they were born again. It had so stunted their spiritual growth that they couldn’t understand the things the Apostle Paul wanted to teach them.
Satan has sent the same spirit of division among us today. He knows that a house divided against itself will fall. He also knows if we all come together in the unity of our faith, we’ll arrive at the full stature of Christ Jesus (Ephesians 4:13). So, he has assigned a spirit of division to operate in our personal lives, our church lives, our social lives and our family lives. His goal is the same as it was in Corinth: to bring envying, strife and division; and to stunt our spiritual growth.
But we don’t have to yield to that spirit. Don’t let Satan stop your spiritual growth by giving in to the spirit of division. Stand for unity in the Body of Christ. Do and say everything with a spirit of love. Believe the best of others, and pursue unity with your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Our unified power is something Satan can never touch.
Begin renewing your mind to the unity God desires for you to walk in by meditating on these 20 powerful scripture verses about unity.
2 Chronicles 30:12 –“At the same time, God’s hand was on the people in the land of Judah, giving them all one heart to obey the orders of the king and his officials, who were following the word of the Lord.”
Psalm 133:1 –“How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!”
Malachi 2:10 –“Are we not all children of the same Father? Are we not all created by the same God?”
Matthew 23:8 –“Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters.“
John 13:35 –“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.“
John 17:23 –“I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.”
Romans 12:4-5 –“Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.”
Romans 12:16-18 – “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! Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honourable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”
1 Corinthians 1:10 –“I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.”
1 Corinthians 12:12-13 –“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.”
Galatians 3:26-28 –“For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 1:10 – “And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.”
Ephesians 1:14 –“The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.”
Ephesians 4:3 –“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.”
Ephesians 4:11-13 –“Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.”
Ephesians 4:16 –“He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.”
Philippians 2:1-2 –“Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.”
Colossians 3:13-14 –“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.”
1 Peter 3:8 – “Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathise with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.”
1 John 4:12 –“No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.”
When you study and meditate on these 20 scriptures about unity, you will begin to renew your mind to the power of standing against division and strife. Take your stand and be part of the unified Church. Untold blessings await those who do so!