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Unity as a mark of progress

Compliment of the season! I pray the blessings of the season abide with you and yours (Amen). As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, it is expedient we recognise the fact that unity is one a reason Christ came to the world. He came to reconcile humanity to divinity thereby making us like HIM. Our text will be from Isaiah 11: 13 – 14; “The envy of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim. But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.” (KJV) The importance of unity cannot be over emphasized, especially on the body of Christ. It serves as prove of true religion, then as a mark of progress.

The early church were united; had one voice one message hence there was tremendous progress in their number and in the propagation of the gospel. Our text made us understand that when the strife and envy is been aborted between Ephraim and Judah they shall ‘fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines…

they shall spoil them together… they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab…the children of Ammon shall obey them’. The presence of strife and envy hinders progress. The church, which is the body of Christ, is to march on in unity and togetherness in order to prevail over the enemy. One reason the enemy is bringing disunity, strife and envy in the midst of believers is because he understands the power in unity. Unity of the church explains better true religion; true religion encompasses love, joy, peace, unity and a host of others. Just as the early church, the body of Christ needs to do away with any form of differences and envy if we want to record any form of progress. For the church to move forward, and for the gate of hell not to prevail over it, there is need for unity as was foretold of the people of Judah and Ephraim.

It is unfortunate that the church today is filled with jealousy, hatred, and disunity. Little wonder it seems the adversary of the church is prevailing! But as the scriptures say “…the gate of hell will not prevail…”Unity is the power the church needs to progress, to excel and to show the true religion. United we stand divided we fall!

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