We Protect Unity
Unity within the body of Christ is a beautiful thing (Psalm 133:1) that originates from our one Lord (Ephesians 4:1-10). It brings anointing (Psalm 133:2), strength (Matthew 12:25, Ecclesiastes 4:12), and an empowered witness to our church (John17:21). Unity should be the norm for mature believers who seek to have the “mind of Christ” as described in Philippians 2:1-8.
Unity is also under attack. You do not have to look too far to see examples of this. Churches are splitting or dividing over arguments all the time (1 Corinthians 1:10-11). Many churches are powerlessly struggling because of the division within the body (1 Corinthians 11:18-30). The enemy causes division through prideful contentions that are rooted in selfish human carnality (Proverbs 13:10). To prevent this, we must actively protect the unity we have in Christ.
Deliberately protecting unity means we do not gossip or spread rumors. We must communicate expectation, issues, needs etc… clearly, frequently, and Biblically. In the absence of good communication there is a danger of divisive speculation. Good communication is the key to staying on the same page together in ministry.
As a rule we only communicate problem issues up the leadership chain. We communicate problem issues “laterally” (to peers, friends, etc) – in confidence and only when necessary for counsel, biblical accountability, and prayer.
Matthew 18:15-17 gives us parameters for how to go to a brother or sister (if you feel you must) when you have been offended. Division, in attitude or action, is always addressed.
The attitude: “Everyone else is better than me.” Philippians 2:1-10 (taking the wrong, forgiveness, erring on the side of grace, etc…) will keep us Christ-like in our attitudes toward each other and will protect our unity.