The Importance of Unity

“Now I urge you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.”  (I Corinthians 1:10)

It is notable that the unity of the members of the church at Corinth was so important that the Lord led the Apostle Paul to mention, and re-word it, at least three times in verse 10:
— “that you all agree” (lit., “speak the same thing”)

— “and that there be no divisions among you” (lit. “schisms”)

— “but that you be made complete (lit. “united”) in the same mind and in the same judgment.”

The unity of God’s children in His church must be VERY, VERY important to Him. How our conduct and divisions must have grieved Him for the past 2000 years. Now as He indicates elsewhere, there are times in which it is necessary to have divisions in order to show those who are approved (  ). But we are still very lacking — even in single churches, not to mention whole denominations, in which we have a tremendous lack of unity, of consideration for each other, and realization of the great spiritual battle we need to be united against.

To be clear, unity is not more important than the truth, especially in first rank, essential doctrines. But unity IS more important than our own opinions and preferences regarding music, programs, decisions, and the like.  On such things, it is better to lose out on our preferences than to cause disunity.  It doesn’t seem like too many Christians actually practice this. What a difference it would make if we did …

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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1 Response to The Importance of Unity

  1. Alan Brown says:

    Aren’t we blessed, Pastor Shawn, to experience the fellowship and unity we have at PRBC, but at the same time it is of critical importance we do not take it for granted. Sometimes, as Paul said and you stated in your devotional, it is necessary to put our personal differences aside for the spiritual well-being of the local church and the Kingdom. Satan is always seeking where he can get a foothold, that if left unguarded, has the potential to result in a stronghold. We have to be diligent to be on guard for the thief who comes to seek and kill and destroy. Thanks for reminding us of our responsibility.

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