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Us;” “that the world may know that Thou has sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me.” (John 17:21, 23).

Our lack of un­der­stand­ing of God’s love has made us so self­ish. “And God saw that the wicked­ness of man was great in the earth, and every imag­i­na­tion of the thoughts of his heart was only evil.” (Ge­n­e­sis 6:5) Just imag­ine how des­per­ate is the con­di­tion of the hu­man mind, with­out the con­vert­ing power of the Holy Spirit we will be com­pletely lost. How can a hu­man be­ing act in uni­son that is worth obei­sance? Noth­ing! It is there­fore in­dis­pens­able that we can only be united un­der the lead­er­ship of our Lord Je­sus. Much more we can only lead ac­cept­ably by a per­son led by the Spirit of Je­sus - A tall order.

Many peo­ple to­day seek unity, call for unity, ask for unity, de­mand unity and even beg for unity. This word is very elu­sive as to un­der what um­brella should a fol­lower shall be. Back then, Christ sought to teach the dis­ci­ples the truth that in God’s king­dom there are no ter­ri­to­rial bound­aries, no caste, no aris­toc­racy; that they must go to all na­tions, pro­claim­ing the mes­sage of a Sav­ior’s love. But not un­til later did they re­al­ize in its full­ness that God “has made of one blood all na­tions of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and had de­ter­mined the times be­fore ap­pointed, and the bounds of their habi­ta­tion; that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel af­ter Him, and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us.” (Acts 17:26, 27).

Peo­ple call for unity ac­cord­ing to their own pref­er­ences, prej­u­dices and even ac­cord­ing to their mo­tives and whims which far more than a re­al­ity to make a suc­cess. Our self­ish heart is not sub­jected to the de­sires of the Lord Je­sus – who is the only and un­selfishly com­mit­ted to love the peo­ple re­gard­less of who they were. Out­side the faith of our Lord has given us is an im­pos­si­bil­ity to get into unity. Try to pon­der on the life of Je­sus how He ex­em­pli­fied a life of love and sacri­fice where only we could un­der­stand the mean­ing of unity un­der the ban­ner of Christ’ al­tru­is­tic love to­ward us.

In th­ese first dis­ci­ples were pre­sented marked di­ver­sity. They were to be the world’s teach­ers, and they rep­re­sented widely var­ied types of char­ac­ter. In order suc­cess­fully to carry for­ward the work to which they had been called, th­ese men, dif­fer­ing in nat­u­ral char­ac­ter­is­tics and in habits of life, needed to come into unity of feel­ing, thought, and ac­tion. This unity was Christ’s ob­ject to se­cure. To this end He sought to bring them into unity with Him­self. The bur­den of His la­bor for them is ex­pressed in His prayer to His Fa­ther, “That they all may be one; as Thou, Fa­ther, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in

Peo­ple calls for unity ac­cord­ing to their own pref­er­ences, prej­u­dices and even ac­cord­ing to their mo­tives and whims which far more than a re­al­ity to make a suc­cess.

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