Word 4U Today



‘It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us’ Acts 15:28 NIV


Classic songs, ad campaigns – what is it about “coming together” that strikes such a chord with us?

Why is it that when a bunch of people get together to work on something good, or just to share a happy experience, that things seem right?

Maybe there’s something in Jesus’ idea that “I and the Father are one” and that “all of them [that’s us] may be one”.

That strange sense of something special that comes at a gig, or a party (or, surprise surprise, a decent church service!) is a reflection of this core truth about reality – unity tells us something special about God. For Christians, it’s more than just recognizing that we share similarities.

We actually share in Jesus’ being, just as Jesus shares in His Father’s; all one.

So, agreement in the Church is a precious thing, worth hoarding and protecting. There’s a great example of a serious argument in the early Church in Acts 15 (about circumcision, too – a fairly delicate subject…) The believers stuck through the argument, even when it got to the teeth baring, claws out stage, because they knew the main thing was that they were already in this together.

That deep connection of brother-and-sisterhood-in-Christ was what they were working from and aiming for – it’s why the word ‘brother’ gets thrown around so much in the New Testament.

The result of their stubborn striving for unity? ‘There was great joy throughout the church that day’ (15:31 NLT).


What now?

Read Ephesians 4:2-6. In the light of verses 2 and 4–6, how can you personally work for verse 3?

Joy Ferdiz

September 17th, 2013

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