My mom co-wrote a workbook to go along with my upcoming book For My Girls. Each chapter has a short devotional, reflection questions, and related verses to consider in your own prayer time or with a small group! I wanted to give you bits and pieces for the chapter content on Unity. Be sure to purchase a copy on amazon when you buy my book and send us your thoughts!
Unity can be intimidating when we see how far we have to go, but it is more natural than we give ourselves credit for. We integrate with friends. We unite in relationships. We blend with our families. Unity is the vessel for life to flow in and through. One of the obstacles to unity that makes it seem unattainable is indifference to differences. We ignore and avoid all who are unfamiliar to us. The trouble is that, for all the ways someone may be different from us, they are undeniably kindred in respect to our identities as creations made in the image of God.
Developing a healthy respect for one another is a guardrail to living in unity. We want to acknowledge the differences between us and others, responding in wonder and understanding rather than judgment and distance. We have to believe God has created enough space for all of us to be ourselves. No one is infringing on our space or invalidating our perspective by being different…
How do you and your friends help each other grow?
What gifts (strengths) do you have that encourage others and reflect the character of God?
How have you handled disagreements with ministries or individuals within the Church in the past?
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble (1 Peter 3:8).
And over all these virtues, put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity (Colossians 3:14).
For more content, questions, and verses, stay on the look out for For My Girls and For My Girls: Biblical Exploration. Thank you for reading along, encouraging me, and spreading the word as I get closer and closer to my first book launch! I appreciate you.