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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Spiritual Unanimity

"Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren" (1 Peter 3:8)

The Holy Spirit knew what He was doing when He moved the apostle Peter to write to the early Christian church about the reality of being "of one mind" in their fellowship.

Peter was not asking all the brothers and sisters to settle for some kind of regulated uniformity. He was recommending a spiritual unanimity - which means that the Spirit of God making Christ real within our beings will also give us a unity in certain qualities and disposition.

Peter leaves little doubt about the fruits of genuine Christian unanimity within: "Be alike in compassion. Be alike in loving. Be alike in pity. Be alike in courtesy. Be alike in forgiving!" Then  he sums it all up: "Finally, be ye all of one mind!"

God's love shed abroad in our hearts - compassion and love which can only be found in Jesus Christ - these are the only elements of true unity among men and women today!

Lord, I want to pray for spiritual unity among all true believers and for spiritual harmony among all Christ-honoring churches. Amen

~A. W. Tozer~

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