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Unity Through Love

By Liel Almeida

In 1 John 4:20-21, we are presented with a profound truth: “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.” This passage challenges us to reflect on the sincerity of our love for God by examining our relationships with others.

One of the most powerful expressions of unity among believers is sharing Communion. Coming together at the Lord’s table demonstrates our shared belief in Christ’s sacrifice and our love and support for each other. Even when we cannot gather in person, love keeps us connected in spirit and prayer. Love won’t let us turn away from each other; it endures hardship and always seeks fellowship.

When prayer and direct communication are not possible, love persists. It encourages us to support our brothers and sisters in Christ before God, sharing in their joys as well as griefs. This relentless pursuit of connection stems from the understanding that distancing ourselves often reflects the state of our own hearts. The root of separation lies not in others, but within us. We must be watchful about what we allow to take root in our hearts.

If we allow hurt, injustice, and humiliation to harden our hearts, the fault is ours. We always have the chance and choice to bring our wounded hearts to the Healer, trusting in God’s ability to mend and restore. The foundation of unity is the love that God has poured into our hearts, as stated in Romans 5:5: “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Without holding our own hearts accountable, the unity that Jesus envisioned will never fully manifest within us.

It is essential to examine our intentions. Do we seek the familiar and stick with what we prefer, or are we genuinely striving to love and find Christ in others? True unity among believers is found in seeking Yeshua in every culture and context. Yeshua’s love expresses itself consistently, transcending cultural and personal differences, and uniting us in His spirit of love and fellowship

Therefore, our journey towards unity begins at the Lord’s table but extends far beyond that. It requires an ongoing commitment to love, forgive, and stay connected with our brothers and sisters in Yeshua. By examining our hearts and intentions, we can cultivate the love that God has placed within us, nurturing a genuine unity that reflects His divine love.

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