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September 11, 2020


“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1)

There’s no question that we’re living in days of division and dispute. Our nation is deeply divided over politics, social justice, race relations, sexual morality, and the list goes on. Unity seems to be a hopeless goal. But before we go too far down the path of pursuing the possibility of unity in society in general, let’s reread today’s focal verse. David is not talking about unity in society in general; he’s talking about unity among believers. As Christians, that’s where we need to start.

Unity is a beautiful thing and it is a powerful testimony to God’s redeeming work within us. Unity brings us together despite our differences. Unity brings us together in spirit and purpose. It means that we are in agreement about the essentials of our faith. For example, we must be united in the belief that the Bible, in its original manuscripts, is the inspired and infallible Word of God. We must be unified in the belief that Jesus is both fully God and fully man and that He came to earth, lived a completely righteous life and gave Himself as the atonement for our sins, and that apart from Him there is no salvation. For a good list of faith essentials take a look at Baseball Chapel’s Statement of Faith.

Unity is essential to our witness to society at large, but it’s important to note that unity does not demand uniformity. On nonessentials there is room for differing viewpoints, and we can celebrate our diversity. Unity does not require unanimity and we can disagree on nonessentials as long as we are not disagreeable.

The Bible uses the body as an analogy for how Christians should live together. The body has many parts and they are all different, but as they function together in obedience to the head there is glorious unity in the body. How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

Question: Are you pursuing unity or causing division?

Challenge: Read Baseball Chapel’s Statement of Faith and seek unity on these essential beliefs.

Prayer: Lord, help us to promote unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ through both our actions and our words.

Dan Kinnaman, Chapel Leader -- Norwich Sea Unicorns

Baseball Chapel
P.O. Box 10102
Largo, FL 33773

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