Remember when people use to leave the doors of their homes open (the screen door locked) and as a child, your neighbor told your parents when you had done something wrong, the keys of a car could actually be left unattended and no one would steal it, etc. Those times took place because we (as a whole) were in agreement and it didnít matter whether we knew each other or nor, it was a respect for each other and oneís belongings. What ever happened to that agreement? Have our hearts turned so cold that we have now forsaken these values and ourselves? Weíre all guilty of not loving one another as we would love ourselves. The Bible says ďlove your neighbor as you love yourselves, Leviticus 19:18.Ē
Unity is a form of love and depending upon how strong its values are, itís what determines the results of what kind of fruit it will produce (relationships). Think about it, if you continue to be kind to others, the same people will continue to be kind towards you. Perfect example: for years, Iíve smiled and waved to many people, now many people smile and wave to me. Itís reaping what you sow (Galatians 6:7). If you treat your neighbor with respect, usually youíre have it in return. I know there are some people that are not easy to get along with, but The WORD SAYS, to accept others as they are (donít discriminate), Romans 15:5-6 & 12:6; do not argue or strive over words, 2 Timothy 2:14-16; to be of one mind and show compassion 2 Corinthians 13:11; to live in peace, 1 Peter 3:8 and to share, Acts 4:32. We must seek (pursue) unity and peace (Ephesians 4:3).
How? By striving for it:
1. Esteeming others better than ourselves
2. Having concern for one another (1 Corinthians
3. Humbling oneís self (Matthew 23:12)
4. Prayer (Matthew 18:19)
Plain and simple the foundation is LOVE (GOD)
LOVE is patient; LOVE is kind. IT does not envy, IT does not boast, ITíS not proud. ITíS not rude; ITíS not self-seeking; ITíS not easily angered; IT keeps no record of wrongs. LOVE does not delight in evil, but rejoice with The TRUTH. IT always protects; IT always trusts; always hopes; always preserves. LOVE NEVER FAILS (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). GOD IS LOVE (1 John 4:16) and all these attributes are revealing HIM, put your trust in THE ONE WHO can love you more than you love yourself. Where thereís LOVE, thereís action. All other ways are just words (1 John 3:16-18).