Unity…one of my favorite verses on the subject is Psalm 133:1, in which David says,
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”
There are a lot of great verses on unity. Another verse, Ephesians 4:3, says this:
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
In John 17:23, Jesus prays,
“I in them and You in Me–so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.”
I could list a few more, but I think this is enough to make my point. (If you want to read a few more on your own, see 1 Corinthians 12:12, Ephesians 1:10, and Ephesians 4:3; if you don’t have a Bible, search for these verse at BibleGateway). The Bible makes a really big deal out of unity, and the Bible is God’s Word. So, basically, God is telling you what He thinks about unity (among other things–that’s the awesome thing about the Bible; like prayer, it’s a conversation with God!).
Unity is an important part of friendship; it’s essential to keeping it strong and healthy. Think of your best friend. Has there ever been a time that your friend didn’t stand up for you when it was possible for him to? Probably not, because that’s a huge part of what makes a best friend. Another word for that whole “standing up for you” thing is (guess what?) unity.
I’ll be honest; it’s possible to have a friendship with out unity. But let me tell you, it won’t be a good friendship. Without unity, there will be times when your friend lets you down, when he does things a friend really shouldn’t do. And before long, that lack of unity in the friendship will cause it to fall apart.
Think of a chain. Dozens of links that are attached to each other are strong and durable. They are united. But one link on its own is useless. Unity is necessary for a strong chain and a strong friendship.
Look over one of those verse on unity again. “How good and pleasant it is….” There are times when keeping unity in your friendship will be hard, but it will definitely be worth it.
Unity…let friends unite!
More from The Friendship Series:
- Forgiveness and Friendship
- So Long, Selfishness!