Friday, September 08, 2006

One Accord

Would the petty differences that cause division amongst God's people evaporate in the presence of the warmth of Christ's love?
There is no doubt in my mind that a focus on and devotion to Jesus would remove these divisions. He is the one who holds all things together (Colossians 1:17). There are no divisions in Christ, for we've all been made one in him (Galatians 3:28).
The account of the birth of the church in the beginning chapters of Acts echo the oneness of heart and mind amongst the believers. We see the practical outworking of this oneness in Christ as Luke describes the life of the fledgling church:

"And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. And everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together, and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions, and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. And day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved."
- Acts 2:42-47.

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