What is Living in Unity in Christ?
Unity means to live in peace with one another regardless of race, backgrounds, and etc. Christians should always seek peace and restoration instead of hatred, bitterness, quarrel, dissension and revenge. To live in unity means to be of the same mind in full accord (Philippians 2:2). The commandments of God in the bible sum up to love God with all your heart, and mind and love one another as much as you love yourself (Matthew 22:36-40).
We should always seek reconciliation and love our enemies even if they are hostile towards us (Luke 6:27; Romans 12:19; Romans 12:14; Luke 6:27-36; Proverbs 24:27; Romans 12:20; Proverbs 10:12). It is important that the body of Christ be united and live in peace together. If the body of Christ is not united, it can open doorway for Satan to come in and attack the church.
In 1 Peter 3:8, we should be of one mind, have compassion on one another, love as brethren, be pitiful and be courteous. In 1 Corinthians 1:10, the disciples of Christ should agree with one another and that there be no division, but be perfectly joined together in the same mind and judgment. In Ephesians 4:3, we must endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
In Romans 15:6, the disciples of Christ should with one mind and one mouth glorify God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Psalm 133:1, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. In Philippians 1:27, we should conduct ourselves according to the gospel of Christ, stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.
Love One Another with a Brotherly Love
Whatever we do to others, we must do it out of a brotherly love. In Romans 12:10, we should be kindly affectionate to one another with a brotherly love; in honor preferring one another. In 1 John 3:14, we passed from death to life because we love the brethren. He that does not love his brother abide in death. In John 13:34, we should love another as Jesus have love us.
In 2 Peter 1:5-7, we should give all diligence to add to our faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. In 1 John 4:7, we should love one another because love is of God. Everyone who love is born of God and know God. In Hebrews 13:1, let brotherly love continue.
Love Makes You Humble and Want to Serve Others
We must use the love of Jesus Christ to love and serve others (John 13:12-14). If you love others, you will want to help and serve others. In Galatians 5:13, we are called to be free. We must not use our liberty for an occasion to satisfy the fleshly desire but to serve one another with love. In Ephesians 5:21, we must submit to one another in the fear of God.
In 1 Peter 2:16, we are to live as free men but we must not use our freedom to cover up for evil but live as servants of God. We should have a humble and servant heart towards each others (1 Peter 3:8). In 1 Corinthians 9:9, we should make ourselves a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.
In 1 Peter 4:10-11, we must use our spiritual gifts to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. If you speak, you should speak the word of God. If you minister, you should do it with the ability that God gives so that Jesus Christ can be glorified, to whom praise and dominion belong forever. In Mark 9:35, anyone who want to be first in the heavenly kingdom must be the last of all and servant of all.
Love Makes You Kind and Generous to One Another
Christians should demonstrate love by helping and be generous towards one another. If anyone has an urgent need, you should take the initiative to help him and not just care about your selfish interest. In Luke 12:33, sell what you have and give alms. Provide yourself with bags that won’t become old, a treasure in the heavens that will not fail, where no thief approach and no moth corrupt. In Acts 20:35, we must work hard to help the weak. It is more blessed to give than to receive. In James 2:8, you are doing well if you fulfill God’s law and love your neighbor as yourself.
In Luke 6:38, give and it will be given to you for with the same measure you mete it will be measured to you again. In 1 John 3:17, anyone who sees his brothers in need yet shut up his bowels of compassion does not have the love of God. In Acts 4:32-35, the disciples were of one heart and they share all their possessions with one another.
Live in Unity and Don’t Put a Stumbling Block on Other Believers
Christians should not put stumbling blocks in the way of a weak brother. For example drinking alcohol is permitted but getting drunk is a sin. However, you should not drink alcohol in front of a brother or sister who just recover from alcoholism. Doing so can cause the brother to relapse into alcoholism. In Matthew 16:23, when you put a stumbling block in the way of a brother, you are opening doorway for the devil to destroy the faith of your brother or sister.
In Romans 14:13, we should stop passing judgment and make up our mind not to put stumbling block in the way of a brother. In 1 Corinthians 8:9, we must be careful not to let the exercise of our freedom becomes a stumbling block to the weak. In 1 Corinthians 8:13, Paul said if what he eats cause another brother to sin, he will never eat meat again so that he will not cause him to fall. In Romans 14:17-18, the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating or drinking but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that serve Christ in this day is acceptable to God, and approved of men.