I would like to share excerpts of this edited article which was originally published by an unknown author on some of the reasons behind disunity in the body of Christ.
‘’For instance, the Bible underscores the importance of “unity” and “oneness.” Unity with others is “good” and “pleasant” (Ps. 133:1). Unity is absolutely essential because the church is the “body of Christ” (1 Cor. 12:27), and a body cannot be in disunity with itself. If disunity occurs, it essentially ceases to be a body and becomes a disjointed group of individuals. Jesus’ plan for His church is people unified in the faith. His plans are for a body and not a group of bodies.
The secret to unity begins with how we view ourselves within the body and how we view others. The key verse that addresses this is Phil 2:3: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” All disunity in a church can be traced to the simple truth that too often; we act selfishly and consider ourselves better than others. Phil. 2:4.
Sadly, churches that experience disunity and turmoil are generally filled with people who look to their own needs and ambitions. Such behaviour is the characteristic of unbelievers, not those with the mind of Christ. Worldliness, not godliness, is the hallmark of the dis unified body of Christ. For you are yet canal. For in that there is among you envying and strife and divisions, are you not carnal, and do you not walk according to men? (1 Cor. 3:3). Do these things sound familiar? This, I believe, calls for some critical thinking.
Paul tells us that we are to consider others’ needs before our own in all modesty, and humility. We are to “be completely humble and gentle; being patient, bearing with one another in love” (Eph 4:2). A church filled with such people cannot help but have peace and harmony. A humble person sees his own faults in light of the perfections of Christ; he does not seek to see the faults of others, but when he does, he speaks the truth in love and desires their sanctification so they will be built up in the image of Christ.
Most importantly, as Christians, we are to see one another in the light of the Cross – Fellow Christians for whom Christ died a horrible and painful death so that He might exchange His righteous perfection for their sin (2 Cor. 5:21). How can we demean those covered with the precious blood of Christ? Were we not slaves to sin when He called us? But we are now God’s children. The task before us is not to quarrel and demand that our needs be met but to reflect on His grace and love to those who are also His by His mercy. A church full of people who enjoy their “common salvation” will be a true, biblical church unified in, and earnestly contending for, the “faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3).’’
Beloved, are you by any means entrusted with the privilege of leadership in the body of Christ? I plead with you to vigorously pursue the unity of the body. Yes, there are natural divides such as language, culture, colour etc but, the unity of the body transcends all such natural divides. It is time to rise above the mundane and move to perfection. Until then, our ability to adequately occupy for the Master remains an illusion.