Oneness is the state of being unified or whole, though comprised of two or more parts according to the Oxford Dictionary.
It is the most fundamental and essential element in the body of Christ and an important decision taken by every Child of God. Knowing its significance and necessity, Our Lord Jesus repeatedly prayed (four times) for the oneness of His disciples and new believers before going through His passion in Gethsemane (John 17). Evidently, the oneness gave rise to revival even from the beginning of early church.
· Disciples received the promised Holy Spirit when they came together in one accord on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1)
· Churches multiplied when disciples were unified as one in His service (Acts 2:46,47)
Yes! oneness does extraordinary things which we could not even imagine.
But it all commences from a family because many families constitute ‘one’ church.
Jesus admonished in Matthew 12:25 that a kingdom or a house that is divided will not stand. These days we see families wearing the mask of oneness on the externally but internally there are divisions, disagreements, unforgiveness, unyielding and so on. As a result, they fail to come in agreement in prayer and consequently they avoid and skip family prayers forgetting the fact that it is the tool that keeps one another in perfect bonding.
Assuredly, the family that prays together, stays together.
If you find your family being disintegrated or separated, now is the time to drive the demon of division out from your home and let you be the first one to take the first step.
The only way to bring harmony is forbearance, forgiveness and love (It is love which binds them all together in perfect unity-Colossians 3:13-14)
By practicing these three attributes, we can bring God’s expected unity not only in our home or church but also in the secular world where God had placed us to work.
-To be continued