Unity is Jesus’ Doctrine


GodReflection: It’s Jesus Friday

 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”  – Jesus of Nazareth

garyguarujaA proverb from the “Book of Mothers” states: If you can’t find something nice to say, it is better not to speak.

It’s a shame we didn’t listen to our mothers. Strife would own a lot less territory.

A lack of unity plagues families, neighborhoods, churches, and nations.

Unity, this doctrine of Jesus—when portrayed by his church—changes both the world and eternity.

There is a sense that unity as a stand-alone doctrine is powerless.

I can’t will unity. Not even God can will unity. Jesus prayed in the garden for unity to be a reality among those who were to follow him in the future. It did not happen.

However, this anemic doctrine explodes in power when it flows in unity with the entirety of doctrine modeled and taught by the Son of God.

unity1When unity springs from love, grace, forgiveness, the Holy Spirit, faith, trust, obedience, kindness, and other teachings of Jesus, it is a powerful doctrine indeed.

Jesus’ unity doctrine has power to demolish church-building walls.  Jesus’ unity doctrine has power to clean out the nitty gritty divisive opinions we humans have come to call doctrine.

Jesus’ unity doctrine has power to heal families, eliminate poverty, and to see the Son of God honored around the globe.

The good news is Jesus calls me to join with him as a participant in God’s unity project.

unity2Jesus’ unity project is rather easy to outline and hard as nails to live out in my walk. It is only possible when I live from the heart of Jesus under God’s sphere of grace, and by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I can begin to cultivate unity through baby steps in hope of one day walking the unity path with a more determined stride.

I think of three small steps I can take.

I can speak well of others.

Slander is divisive. I can return the right of judgment to God and his Son—judgment robes only come in divine sizes.

I can raise my eyes to see the glory of Christ’s entire body.

Fallen creation—as I know it—is in the process of redemption through Jesus’ body. The church is going about the elimination of poverty, the reduction of hunger, the fight against disease, and the distribution of the bread of life.

Rather than a closed door, I can be a window into the heart of Jesus.

unity11That means I will need to rely on the Holy Spirit to allow Jesus’ sunshine to penetrate all aspects of my demeanor as I interface with others throughout my day.

The more unity that appears, the more we can all declare, “It is Jesus.”

unity10I’m starting to believe that right Jesus makes right doctrine.

Perhaps it’s time for us to become we.

I would love to know how you implement Jesus’ unity doctrine in your walk.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on Unity as a Doctrine of Jesus.

Gary@Godreflection.org     www.MakeYourVisionGoViral.com

One thought on “Unity is Jesus’ Doctrine

  1. Gary, I loved this.  It was so well thought through, so well expressed.  I really loved several phrases, “the Book of Mothers” says, “strife would not own so much territory”….”anemic doctrine”……….”not a stand alone doctrine”.  Yeah,well done, my man!!! The matter of unity is still so clear in my mind when I think of our efforts in Sao Paulo where we disagreed on practical efforts, discussed ad nauseum the varied and oft conflicting notions about how to best proceed on when, who, where and what to do on a project.   Yet we stuck it out together.  We never saw anyone rankled because of conflicting views on some project. The thing that I see is such a satanic hook is the notion of details detailed detailation on “doctrine” instead of “we are dealing with a truth and we are going to not get it 1000% right ever but we must hang together to encourage the person, maybe not a view and we all may change down the line and our Father still loves and accepts wherever we are on the growth curve.”  Does any of that really make sense? Grace and Peace and Harmony, Lynn  

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