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God Desires Unity of the Brethren

Updated on September 29, 2013
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Lori Colbo is an online media writer who's passion is writing on her Christian faith. Her other passion is being Nana to 12 grandchildren.

"Behold how good and how pleasant it is for the brethren to dwell together in unity."
"Behold how good and how pleasant it is for the brethren to dwell together in unity."

...that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me...that they may be one just as We are one...they they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may kno that You have sent Me, and you have loved them as You have loved Me. John 17:20-22

Aaron being anointed with fragrant oil
Aaron being anointed with fragrant oil | Source

It was the last few hours before His death that Christ prayed for our unity. He affirms in prayer what David spoke of in Psalm 133, "How good and how pleasant it is when the brethren dwell together in unity." In this psalm, David paints vivid word pictures of what the unity of the brethren is like: "Precious anointing oil upon the head, running down the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments." Then he likens unity to the refreshing "dew upon the mountain."

The anointing oil poured over Aaron, the first high priest, was fragrant and graced all nearby, as well as God; It was pleasant. Our unity is very precious and pleasing to God, and so important, it was the last thing he prayed for us. Unity and love should mark the Church so that the world may know that the Father has sent Christ.

Charles Spurgeon's insights on John 17 say it all:

"The most tender and touching prayer of the Master contained in John 17 opens up to us His inmost heart...He would have all the sheep gathered into one fold under His own care."

Unity and love for one another in the Church is what will speak the most to the world as to the Savior's love for them. It will be a pleasing, fragrance to them, and draw many to Him.

Which of the following do you consider most to be a part of unity?

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      I agree with you wholeheartedly. Many outside the Church see all these denominations and are confused—partly because the divisions are exploited by the wily enemy of the Faith.

      Thank you for this excellent article. It is wonderfully made.

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      Lambservant 6 years ago

      I pray the Spirit will speak to the whole Church on this subject. Without unity and love amongst the church, we will be ineffective in drawing people to Christ. Thank you all for your affirmation.

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      William Kovacic 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


      Thanks for focusing on this topic. It's so much needed in the 21st century church. Truly John 17 is "The Lord's Prayer".

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      lambservant: Jesus Unity Prayer, is so important for all mankind. It is a timely reminder especially at this time of the year when Christ's Holy Birth is about to be relived and remembered. Glory to God in the Highest!

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Lambservant, this makes me weep with gratitude and love. Thank you more than I could ever tell you dearest sister.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you for this. A wonderful reminder of the true meaning of Christ, and Christmas.