United As Children Of God
For ye are all the children of God by
faith in Christ Jesus. Gal. 3:26.
We seldom find two persons exactly alike.
Among human beings as well as among the things of the natural world, there
is diversity. Unity in diversity among God’s children—the manifestation
of love and forbearance in spite of difference of disposition—this is
the testimony that God sent His Son into the world to save sinners.
The unity that exists between Christ and
His disciples does not destroy the personality of either. In mind, in purpose,
in character, they are one, but not in person. By partaking of the Spirit
of God, conforming to the law of God, man becomes a partaker of the divine
nature. Christ brings His disciples into a living union with Himself and with
the Father. Through the working of the Holy Spirit upon the human mind, man
is made complete in Christ Jesus. Unity with Christ establishes a bond of
unity with one another. This unity is the most convincing proof to the world
of the majesty and virtue of Christ, and of His power to take away sin.
The powers of darkness stand a poor chance
against believers who love one another as Christ has loved them, who refuse
to create alienation and strife, who stand together, who are kind, courteous,
and tender-hearted, cherishing the faith that works by love and purifies the
soul. We must have the Spirit of Christ, or we are none of His.
In unity there is strength; in division there
The closer our union with Christ, the closer
will be our union with one another. Variance and disaffection, selfishness
and conceit, are striving for supremacy. These are the fruits of a divided
heart, open to the suggestions of the enemy of souls. Satan exults when he
can sow seeds of dissension.
In unity there is a life, a power, that can
be obtained in no other way.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 36.