Jubilee Weekly August 21, 2018

“The Blessing of Unity”

Warmest greeting to our Jubilee family. There are many things about Jubilee that I am so grateful for. One of these being the sense of unity, peace and joy.

I also know that the devil would love to destroy these qualities. The Bible has so much to say about unity and how we can maintain it in our fellowship.

I was raised on the prairies of Alberta, in Western Canada. Our winters were very severe. I read of a farmer who looked out the window one winter morning and saw what, at the time, was a very peaceful scene.

The cattle were lined up single file waiting to get a drink from the watering trough. Evidently, the second cow thought the first one was taking too long, and gave her a considerable push with her head.

The first cow didn’t like it, so she kicked the second one who, in turn, kicked the third and in a matter of moments that peaceful scene was turned in a free-for-all of cattle kicking and butting one another.

Can you picture that scene? Have you ever seen anything like that in the home, at work or in the church?

The Bible has so much to say about unity. In Psalm 133:1, we read, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”

Paul, in Ephesians 4:1 says, “I, therefore the prisoner of the LORD, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

Later in the chapter, he explains why God gave to the church some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, until we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect (mature) man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13
Romans 12 is a must read for each of us because Paul is telling us how to live as Christians and in verse 18, he writes, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”

In Colossians 3:13, the apostle wrote, “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the LORD forgave you.”

Because we are flawed individuals, there is always the possibility of personality conflict, etc. However, we are indwelt by the Holy Sprit and He can give us endurance and encouragement — these are just the qualities we need if we are going to promote unity in the church.

Instead of becoming angry and leaving the fellowship of the church, we need to be willing to bear with the failings of others as they with ours. Rather than criticizing and exposing the faults and flaws of others, we need to pray for them, encourage them and cover their faults with true Christian love. In this way, we can help them mature and we will do the same.

This is very important — Jesus Christ is the key to our unity. Listen to what He says in John 8:12, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”

Unity in the body of Christ will happen as each of us who know and love the LORD, follows Him and obeys Him.
How is it possible to be in rich fellowship and out of fellowship with each other?

If we are living in conflict with each other, then our fellowship with Christ is very suspect.
Listen to the council of Jesus in Matthew 5:23-24, “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar.

First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” Which is more important to you — the unity of the Holy Spirit in your home, school, workplace or place of worship OR your own prideful, self-centered way?
Every believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit. The major ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Christ.

Jesus, in John 16:13-14 said, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own; He will tell you only what He hears and He will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to Me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.”

Note:
If each of us seeks to honor our Lord Jesus Christ, then the Holy Spirit will bring us together in glorifying Him.
The Apostle Paul had it right when he wrote in Colossians 1:17-20, “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the Head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy.

For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.”

I pray that each of us individually and together with every other believer will be the embodiment of Psalm 133:1, “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity”.

Glory to God,

Pastor Leonard