• Heidi J. Smith

What is the Secret to Unity?

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Have you struggled to get along with someone? Is it resolved, or is it still weighing on your mind?

I have struggled with relationships. I have been both the victim and the perpetrator. Some relationships heal quickly while others seem hopeless.

Neighbors clashing. Coworkers bickering. Families feuding. Friends fighting. Races divided and villages waring.

It makes me wonder, why are some relationships more difficult than others? Is it worth the investment to reconcile?

Is there a secret to unity?

No, there isn't. It requires HUMILITY and PERSEVERANCE.

"Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." Romans 12:16-18 NIV

Unity starts with humility. It is easy to spot pride in others but difficult to see it in myself. Until I'm aware of and admit my own faults, the disunity will continue. Begin by looking in the mirror.

Everyone possesses different values, but unity works together towards a common goal. I have to actively listen instead of arguing, seek to understand rather than force my own agenda, and display a gracious attitude rather than tear others down.

This is easier said than done because even if I do my part, friction may still fester.

Certain situations can't be resolved quickly. Biblical truths can't be compromised so I'm responsible for myself. I can't change others, but I can trust the Lord for the outcome.

Is unity worth all this hard work?

Yes, two (or more) accomplish more than an individual. This story I heard illustrates this truth.

An African tribe lost a child in the tall grass.

The village searched here and there, but couldn't find the child.

Someone suggested they hold hands and search together. They did and discovered the child. Unfortunately, the child died.

The mother said, "If only we had been united earlier..."

Unity is worth the hard work. Remember everyone struggles with unity at some point or another. Some divisions can be resolved quickly while others take time and prayer.

The important part is to do your part by being humble, listening to others, trying to understand the situation, and trusting God for the results.

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