The SIGNS of UNITY
Christians who wonder why they have disunity in their relationships (family, work, school, etc.), need to ask themselves whether or not there is an environment of selfishness or humility around them:
- Selfishness prevents unity.
- Humility promotes unity.
Since we desire to live in the midst of unity and unity is found in being humble, what are the qualities of humility? There are at least four:
UNITY produces JOY
Have you ever been a part of an organization which had the same mind, same love, was united in spirit and intent on one purpose? If so, you probably experienced a tremendous amount of joy as you served this entity. Unity produces joy in every organization.
1. Think about the relationships in your life (family, work, school). Do you have unity in them? If yes, then discuss how others around you are humble. If not, then can you figure out who is selfish? Has the disunity affected how you feel about spending time with them?
2. Read Acts 2:42; Galatians 2:9; Ephesians 3:9; Philippians 3:10; 1 John 1:3,6-7 in order to understand the basic use of the word koinonia.
3. In the NIV translation, the word for koinonia is translated with different words which teach us the complex power of this word:
- “contribution” (Romans 15:26).
- “participation in the body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:16).
- “sharing with them” (2 Corinthians 9:13).
- “to share with others” (Hebrews 13:16).
4. Read these wonderful verses about showing compassion (1 John 3:17; Acts 20:35; Zechariah 7:9; Jude 1:22; Hebrews 10:33-34). According to these verses, what does compassion look like? Does it describe you?
5. Read Romans 12:3-16. In these verses, Paul teaches us how to be humble with others (focus on verses 3, 10, 16). Are you honest with yourself? Do you show honor to others? Do you associate with people no matter what their socioeconomic status?
Applying the Bible
6. If you are experiencing disunity in an area of your life, what step will you take to build the unity back up? Do you need to encourage someone? Do you need to show agape? Do you need to help those around you experience koinonia? Do you need to show compassion?