The power of unity is seen with the people who built the Tower of Babel and many other Bible verses. One of the examples that inspire me was the unity shown by the Israelites in the Bible verses Nehemiah 1-7.
They had one common goal of rebuilding the temple wall in the face of opposition. Their display of unity enabled them to rebuild the walls in record time. That accomplishment was impressive and shows that nothing can defeat a united team.
Here are 9 Bible verses that show the importance of unity:
1. “Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.” ~ Psalm 133:1
Where there is unity, God commands a blessing in our lives since He created us to be interdependent. When people are united it’s amazing to behold the things that can be accomplished through a collective effort.
All great things are accomplished are never done by an individual but through the efforts of a team. What’s more beautiful at the end of the day is not so much the goal itself, but the relationships formed.
2. “Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous.” ~ 1 Peter 3:8
It’s almost impossible to be united with a fellow brother or sister without a level of compassion towards them. The way to build rapport with another person is to demonstrate love and connect with them at the heart level.
This was the case during the Jesus Revolution of the 1970s when the Holy Spirit moved mightily around the world. The movie Woodlawn is a demonstration of the kind of oneness that epitomized the love of God among believers.
3. “Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.” ~ Romans 12:16
Walking in humility cannot be overstated especially when it comes to relationships with other people in your life. When you hang around arrogant people, you’re bound to become arrogant and look down on other people. This is how you become puffed up and think of yourself more highly than others.
Hang around people that think differently from you but are also humble in spirit. Take note however that humility doesn’t mean you’re less important than others.
4. “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” ~ Philippians 2:4
The way God’s kingdom operates is different to how the world does which can be confusing to some people. In the world, some people believe that to get ahead they must step on other people and prioritize their needs. At times what they prioritize are not needs but wants at the expense of what other people need.
This is the case in most underperforming corporations where the leaders pursue personal comfort over organizational growth. They fail to understand that by putting their subordinates first they will benefit more than they thought possible.
5. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Jesus Christ.” ~ Galatians 3:28
The word of God brings together all people from all nations since we’re all created in His image. Even though there are various denominations in the world today, as believers we worship the same God.
Our cultural and other differences only serve to help us appreciate the diversity of God’s creation and learn new things. Despite our differences, as believers we are bound together in unity by the Lord Jesus Christ.
6. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much more as you see the Day approaching.” ~ Hebrews 10:25
As the world gets darker and darker, fellowship with other believers has become a lot more necessary. The Covid19 pandemic is one of the worst things to happen to humanity in recent history, affecting us in devastating ways.
With people losing jobs and loved ones, it’s not a surprise that fear and depression have dominated most people’s lives. Regular fellowship with other believers to pray and encourage one another certainly helps to constantly live with hope for the future.
7. “For where two or three are gathered in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” ~ Matthew 18:20
When people are united, even for evil purposes, they tend to accomplish much. What’s more powerful is when people unite in the name of Jesus to do things according to His will. Although others may unite against God’s will they cannot prosper against those united in His will.
Understanding your authority in Christ Jesus will help you realize that you have the power to thwart the enemy. Believers working together and that understand their authority in Christ can have a huge impact on the world.
8. “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” ~ Romans 12:18
Living at peace with all men includes non-believers and not just those who identity with Jesus Christ. If that wasn’t the case, how then would you be salt and light to the world around you?
The way you relate to people has a greater impact on their lives than preaching to them. Some people will provoke you and cause offence but as much as you can, strive for peace with them.
9. “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor.” ~ Ecclesiastes 4:9
This principle is simple but profound. I see the significance in the various types of businesses that people operate all over the world. Small businesses run by a single person might perform well but never achieve anything significant. Businesses that have people with different expertise achieve a lot more because of the synergy and oneness of the team. If you want to achieve anything significant in your life it’s better to think of it from a team perspective.