How Can Christians Be Perfected in Unity Despite Disagreements?

Greg explains what Jesus meant by being unified with other believers and how we can remain unified despite our differences.

00:00 How can we be perfected in unity when there's so much disunity in our beliefs?

00:04 Here's what Jesus meant.

00:10 One of the hallmarks of the body of Christ, when

00:12 it's functioning well in a healthy way, is the sense of unity and community that

00:19 that they express in their love for one another. But of course, this raises a

00:24 question: How can we be unified when we differ so much on theological issues or

00:32 on moral issues? People are right when they point that out. There is a wide variety

00:37 of theological distinctions or differences within the pale. That is,

00:44 there are boundaries that define what basic Christianity is, but within that

00:48 boundary inside the household, so to speak, you're gonna have differences, and

00:53 we know that. In fact, I can only think of one person that I know that agrees with

00:59 me theologically on everything, and that's me, all right? And sometimes I

01:04 don't even agree with me, all right. So, how do we maintain our unity even though

01:09 we disagree on theological particulars? And the answer is is that our unity is

01:15 not based on the theological particulars. We can have loving relationships in our

01:20 own families with our brothers and sisters, and mother, and father, and that

01:24 kind of thing even though we have differences of opinion. We are all

01:27 familiar with that concept, okay? I think the same thing is in play here when

01:32 Jesus is praying for our unity that we be one, okay and John 17, for example,

01:41 in Jesus' high priestly prayer, I don't think He's praying that everybody agree

01:45 on every point. I think He's praying that regardless of

01:48 our own varying convictions that we are willing to embrace one another as

01:55 brothers and sisters in Christ, in love, engaged the differences in a respectful

02:02 and a loving fashion, and be willing to agree to disagree even

02:07 though we show love to each other. I think that's what the key to Christian

02:12 unity involves.

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Greg Koukl