I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to agree and to work in harmony in the Lord. Indeed, I ask you too, my true companion, to help these women [to keep on cooperating], for they have shared my struggle in the [cause of the] gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.’ – Philippians 4:2-3 AMP
Unity – the quality or state of not being multiple or divided – is a much-needed attribute in today’s world. God wants to see unity both in the church and among families, He wants us to stick together, regardless of our doctrinal or individual differences. He wants to dwell and manifest His supernatural power and divine presence among us, but not without unity. Coming or staying together [not necessarily physically] as one is one of the keys to access open heavens and God’s favor upon our lives.
God is the author of unity, and so He longs to see the same divine manifestation among His people. The first book of the Bible shows us that Father God did not act alone in the creation of the earth and the rest of creation. In fact, when He decided to create man, He said, ‘Let Us make man in our image.’ – See Genesis 1:26 AMP. He could have acted alone out of His divine sovereignty, but unity demands that He includes others in the process.
Revival – whether local or global – is not possible outside unity. We also see the twelve Apostles of the Lamb with the other disciples gather together in one accord in the upper room waiting on God. It wasn’t just their prayers that brought the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, but the fact that they were in harmony, they had one purpose and were determined to achieve it until the very end. In fact, they were so united that – even after Pentecost – they were reluctant to leave one another until they were forcefully separated by persecution.
The purpose of unity
As God’s people, we need to be united in one spirit and purpose if we desire to experience heaven in our lives and nations. Whether as individual believers, local churches in a community or city, or as families – unity makes us stronger and makes it exceedingly difficult for the devil to break or sneak into our lives. We cannot be instrumental in bringing God’s manifest kingdom to our nations, cities, communities, or families if there’s no unity present among us.
In the recorded prayer of Jesus to His heavenly Father, He didn’t ask the Father to heal His people or to destroy their enemies. Rather, He prayed that He would help His people stay together in harmony!
‘Holy Father, keep them in your name, the name which you have given Me, so that they may be one just as We are.’ – John 17:11 AMP
God interweaves this wonderful attribute in the entire fabric of creation. Heaven is a place of harmony, angels serve God in harmony, the stars shine together in harmony, even the rain falls harmoniously by many drops – as a single drop cannot make rain! Jesus understands the power of unity, or else He wouldn’t have prayed it for us. He could simply have prayed for something else, don’t you think?
‘That they all may be one, just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us.’ – John 17:20-23 AMP
Do we want to see God’s presence and power invade our nation, cities, communities, and families? Do we want to have biblical experiences of God as the apostles and disciples did in the upper room? Do we want to see continual victory over the enemy and his hidden works? Then we must embrace and cultivate unity. We must set aside doctrinal or individual differences so we can pray and ask God to help His people unite together.
Division is satan’s strategy
The devil is likes to use division when He wants to carry out his evil work among a people, so whether we realize it or not, both the church and family units are under the constant attack of hell and – like a lone soldier or a single military unit cannot singlehandedly win a large-scale battle – no one can win these battles from hell alone. We need one another so we could have full victory over the enemy and hideous strategies against our nation, churches, and families.
One of the strategies the devil uses to fight harmony among God’s people is to spread rumors, he knows that when we accept rumors about other people, then he will be successful in bringing division.
‘These six things the Lord hates… A false witness who breathes out lies [even half-truths], and one who spreads discord (rumors) among brothers. Proverbs 6:16-19 AMP
The devil also knows that there are people who will be useful to him in causing divisions (and I pray you are not one of them). Wherever he finds such people, creating division becomes an easy task for him to accomplish.
‘These are the ones who are [agitators] causing divisions – worldly-minded [secular, unspiritual, carnal, merely sensual – unsaved], devoid of the Spirit.’ – Jude 1:19 AMP
The blessings of unity
‘Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the dew of [Mount] Hermon coming down on the hills of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing: life forevermore.’ – Psalm 133:1-3 AMP
God blesses unity abundantly because it gives Him room to work in peoples lives. He is always willing for us to be joined to one another in faith, in spirit, and in one purpose. This is the same reason why Paul writes to the [Philippian] church encouraging Euodia and Syntyche (that’s you and me!) to agree and to work in harmony in the Lord. Paul – knowing the mind of God about unity – wanted both Euodia and Syntyche to set aside their doctrinal or individual preferences so the Lord could bless them both with the anointing and power of His Spirit.
There is so much of God’s power released when we pray in unity and worship with one heart and one voice, even the very depths of hell are shaken!
So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord… and when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.’ – Acts 4:24,31 NKJV
It might be hard to accept, but the truth is this; we cannot maximally fulfill our destinies in God without being in harmony with other people.
Is there division in your heart? Or maybe your local church? Or maybe a ministry where you are serving? Or your family? All you need to do is ask the Spirit of God to fill your heart and help you get rid of any division He finds in there. You should also pray that God would bring unity to the places that are in division. This is God’s will and purpose, and He surely will help you if you pray!
‘…So that there would be no division or discord in the body [that is, lack of adaptation of the parts to each other], but that the parts may have the same concern for one another.’ – 1 Corinthians 12:25 AMP
True unity is of the Spirit
‘Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit…’ – Ephesians 4:3,4 NKJV
Unity does not mean we need to do things together physically, neither does it mean that we should force other people to get in line with our own agenda. As a matter of fact, unity is the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of God’s people, as He alone knows His plan for every individual, church, and family. One of the ways He works is to – from our hearts – begin to break down the walls of division and liberate our minds from the rumors, blatant lies, and half-truths of the devil which we have lived by for so long.
When we first make room for the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, then He will also help us in bringing unity to our churches or families. He is the Spirit of grace and will run to our rescue when we cry to Him. He will heal us and destroy the things that the enemy sets in place to cause divisions. When He begins to fill our hearts, families, and church with His peace, then we know that He is already at work destroying the roots of division.
Unity, like the precious oil upon the head (See Psalm 133:2), releases the anointing of the Holy Spirit in the midst of His people. As the saying goes; United we stand, divided we fall, there is great strength when we stand together and stand up for the cause of Christ!