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  • A New Commandment

    As I have loved you … love one another. (John 13:34) Not long after washing the disciples’ feet, Jesus said to them: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you” (John 13:34). Why did Jesus call this commandment “new” when God’s command for His people to love one another goes back as far as Sinai? The...

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  • I Gave You an Example

    He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet. (John 13:5) While Jesus was reclining with His disciples at the last supper, there arose “a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest” (Luke 22:24). So Jesus rose from the table, stripped off His garments, wrapped a towel about Him, and washed His disciples’ feet. Disciple...

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  • We Are One

    There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Ephesians 4:4–6 NKJV) As we pray and strive for unity in the church, it helps to remember that the church is already one. There...

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  • Violating the Unity of the Spirit

    Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. ~ Ephesians 4:3 Any church that lifts up its head on high and boasts over other churches has violated the unity of the Spirit. If other churches reply, “One is our Master, and we are all brothers,” they do not violate the unity of the Spirit, for they simply claim their rights...

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  • 4 Key Questions to Ask Before Helping Others Resolve Conflict

    He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a dog by the ears. (Proverbs 26:17) Though helping to resolve conflict between fellow believers is an act of love, meddling in disputes is not. Inserting yourself into a conflict that isn’t yours is about as helpful as grabbing a pit bull by the ears. It will not...

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  • The Art of Taking Responsibility

    Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? (Matthew 7:3) When conflict enters our relationships, we can be tempted to blame everyone and everything else. The sins of others seem perfectly clear to us—the tone of their voices, the errors in their logic, their selfishness and faulty memory—and their offenses stand out....

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  • The Causes of Conflict

    “Stop contention before a quarrel starts.” (Proverbs 17:14) The best way to treat divisions is to avoid them. So to maintain peace we must identify and guard against the external and internal causes of conflict. The chief external threat to unity is God’s chief enemy, Satan. “He seeks to keep his own kingdom free from divisions but seeks nothing more than to cause divisions in the...

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  • Humility

    Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:5–7) Pride is the main source of conflict, which makes humility essential for unity. Only humility...

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  • Called to Something Better

    You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren’t you living like people of the world? (1 Corinthians 3:3, NLT) Followers of Jesus Christ are not to live like people of the world. We are not to live in envy, strife, and division. These vices belong to worldly people, not to those...

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  • Pursue Peace

    Let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. (Romans 14:19) Peace doesn’t happen by accident. We must pursue the things that make for peace. Human beings naturally quarrel and manipulate to get what they want. However, it takes effort to resist our impulses, rest in the gospel of peace, and pursue the things that produce...

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  • Those Who Are Forgiven Must Love

    “Her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” Luke 7:47 Jesus was dining at a Pharisee’s house when a sinful woman came and washed His feet with her tears, dried them with her hair, and then anointed them with fragrant oil. The Pharisee was upset. If Jesus were truly a prophet, then...

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  • Cultivating Unity

    It’s 2020, and we begin our year with some solid, practical advice from the Prince of Preachers. The Be United in Christ Outreach Ministry exists to teach and promote Bible-based Christian unity. We hope to bring about real change in the body of Christ. Listen to Charles Spurgeon, in his sermon “True Unity Promoted”: “Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond...

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