In an effort to emphasize the season of Thanksgiving, I encourage you to celebrate it all through the month of November. Earlier I explained my 21 Days of Giving Thanks challenge, which you can read about here. Today let’s give thanks for the unity God can bring to a local church.
Day 4 – Give Thanks for Church Unity
Church unity can be a fickle thing. If you have ever felt the awkwardness of a tense church service or an unwanted business meeting, you know what I mean. Unity can also be used as a political tool by heretics to water down theology. Everything is considered expendable for the sake of unity. But the ugliness of a church split or the deceitfulness of theological error actually help us to appreciate more deeply the real thing when we see it.
I am thankful to God that in both my former and current church God has allowed our congregations to have a considerable amount of unity. The people stay long after services and the fellowship is real. Has that been your church experience? If not, let me encourage you today- such an experience is possible. Not only is it possible, it is promised to churches that strive together as a body to grow in the Word (Ephesians 4:11-16). If that is your experience, give thanks to God!
Church unity is a precious thing. Don’t take it for granted and don’t destroy it needlessly! Instead, give thanks and cherish it.
“Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!”
Challenge: Thank God for the unity you see within your own church. Ask him to reveal where you may be disrupting the precious unity of God’s church, then confess it and ask forgiveness from God and those you have sinned against.