Unity and fel­low­ship

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WITH­OUT pur­pose, there is no unity or fel­low­ship. We con­nect to peo­ple be­cause there is a God-given pur­pose that we need to pur­sue not just as an in­di­vid­ual but as a col­lec­tive body – be it a com­mon vi­sion, goal or des­tiny. Cliché as it may sound but in­deed, “No man is an is­land; No man can stand al on e”.

Now, the ques­tion is what pur­pose do we stand for? What pur­pose do we live for? What pur­pose do we work for? With­out one GOOD clear pur­pose, vi­sion and di­rec­tion of where an or­ga­ni­za­tion is go­ing, unity and fel­low­ship will be dif­fi­cult to at­tain. The con­fu­sion will rouse dif­fer­ent opin­ions and per­spec­tives from dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties which at times cre­ate divi­sion and fac­tion­al­ism. Vi­o­la­tion of righteous pro­to­cols and eth­i­cal stan­dards in­clud­ing our morals in at­tain­ing a com­mon goal can also dis­turb unity.

There are prin­ci­ples in unity and fel­low­ship – not just mere con­nec­tion through phys­i­cal con­tact or com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Unity is more than that. Unity in­volves the same fre­quency of mind, heart and spirit which can only be at­tained through self­less love and hu­mil­ity.

The truth is there are two

kinds of unity – the true unity and the al­most gen­uine unity or false unity. We can­not fool our­selves and God with ex­ter­nal unity – seem­ingly work­ing as one but in­ter­nally forced to do a spe­cific ac­tion to show that one is united with oth­ers. No one is pleased with that, only the devil. It breeds lie and hypocrisy. Other fac­tors that de­stroy unity are envy, jeal­ousy, pride, anger, ha­tred and bit­ter­ness.

True unity bears the fruits of in­ner and in­ter­de­pen­dent peace, joy, free­dom, heal­ing, pa­tience, kind­ness, good­ness, faith­ful­ness, gen­tle­ness, and dis­ci­pline more than pro­duc­tive phys­i­cal out­puts. These must be our in­di­ca­tors so we can say we have true unity among us.

Let the words of apos­tle Paul to the Philip­pi­ans be a re­minder to us as we pur­sue true unity:

“There­fore if there is any en­cour­age­ment and com­fort in Christ as there cer­tainly is abun­dance, if there is any con­so­la­tion of love, if there is any fel­low­ship that we share in the Spirit, if there is any great depth of af­fec­tion and com­pas­sion, make my joy com­plete by be­ing of the same mind, hav­ing the same love to­ward one an­other, knit to­gether in spirit, in­tent on one pur­pose and liv­ing a life that re­flects your faith in Christ Je­sus.

Do noth­ing from self­ish­ness or empty con­ceit through fac­tional mo­tives or strife, but with an at­ti­tude of hu­mil­ity be­ing nei­ther ar­ro­gant nor self-righteous, re­gard oth­ers as more im­por­tant than your­selves.

Do not merely look for your own per­sonal in­ter­ests, but also for the in­ter­ests of oth­ers.”

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