Read Romans 15:1-13.
What would our marriages, homes, and churches look like if we all practiced selfless, fully surrendered obedience to God in our daily lives? What if we completely aligned our will to our Father’s will?
Following Pentecost, the Holy Spirit empowered the early church to boldly proclaim the Gospel and perform awesome signs and wonders that testified to the Truth of their message. Why did God grant them such favor? Because the believers were of one accord. They selflessly worked together to see the Gospel go forth (see Acts 2:42-47). We often pray for a spiritual awakening in our world, but God isn’t going to send a revival to people who aren’t united, body and soul, under the hand of the Holy Spirit.
In Romans 15, Paul shares six principles we must exhibit to receive the unique blessing of unity:
- We put ourselves under the authority of Scripture.
- We put others up.
- We put ourselves lower.
- We put Christ always before us.
- We put ourselves under God’s power.
- We put the pursuit of God’s glory above all else.
(Notice that selfless unity must first be grounded in God’s Word; the Truth of the Gospel should never be compromised just to get along.)
Where believers put these principles into practice, watch out! God’s power and love will become manifest to a world in darkness.
Prayer: Lord, give me the strength and the will to seek to live out these principles of unity for the blessing of Your people and the world. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:5-6).
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