Are you craving for unity and peace? Yet you don’t know how to go about it? Especially among your own extended family or workplace? Isn’t it sometimes so hard? And don’t let me start talking about world peace or the lack of it. Or how about the unity among believers? Sigh. My response is ‘Come, Lord Jesus’ and I realize that Jesus really is the answer to unity and peace. How to go about it in our everyday life?
We need Jesus for unity and peace
We need to have peace within before we can have peace with others for sure. Only when we are filled with grace, we can be gracious to others. But what to do then? How do we live in unity and peace?
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate?2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. (Phil. 2:1-3, NLT)
I’ve always agreed with these verses. My thoughts have been like ‘What a beautiful sentiment’. But, lately, I’ve learned something else about particularly the last verse. It is the very foundation of unity and peace. This is how we reach unity and peace in our everyday life. This is the Jesus way to live. And that’s always the ultimate way whether we believe it or not. The Jesus way leads to wanted results, to unity and peace.
Humbleness is the key
As the third verse proclaims, we are to be humble. That’s something very foreign in today’s ‘me-me-me’ culture. Selfishness is the promoted way in this world. Yet, it is the sinful way. That’s why we are asked to do something countercultural here. Being humble really seems to be the way to unity and peace. If we think we are/know better than the others, we won’t find unity or peace. If we approach others humbly, thinking of others as better than ourselves, we have the recipe for unity and peace in our hands.
Think other denominations – for example – as better than yours and you’re taking strides forward in the process of unity and peace, the very think Jesus prayed before he was crucified for all of us. I feel a tuck in my heart and the Holy Spirit tells me this is true, this is the way to go. So I commit to practicing this in my life and I invite you to do the same. I know it is impossible for us on our own. But God has promised his grace to empower us. Hence there’s no excuse to not to try it and stick to it. And this practice will, most likely, change our lives. Here’s to unity and peace!
You are calling us to unity and peace,
you’re even providing everything needed,
yet we want our own way.
Teach us what it means to live humbly with you.
Show us how to put others before ourselves.
Empower us with your grace to live in unity and peace.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: What do you think? Could thinking of others as better than yourselves be the secret to unity and peace?
Be blessed my fellow pilgrim as you start practicing humility in your everyday life!