WEEK 9: Love is unity
1 Corinthians 12:12 “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” (NIV)
God is Triune – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. That is what we as Christians believe. Three Persons in perfect Unity – One, inseparable. Strong. Forever.
Are we as the Church one? Are we united as our God is? Paul shares his conviction with us in 1 Cor 12: 12 that the body of Christ, His Church, is one. It makes me think of the principle of “unity in diversity”. This principle doesn’t nullify individuality, nor does it limit collaboration. Each individual contributes to the common activity of the Church, and each member of the Body does his or her work with the help of others. It is not only collaboration, but corroboration – confirming and supporting each other. Even though we are autonomous individuals – each busy with his or her own work – the Holy Spirit unifies us in our faith in Jesus – the Truth, the Way and the Life.
So, God – in His perfect Triune unity – leads His Church to be in union, as He is. How then do we realise this unity as church? I’m of the opinion that God created sacraments as unifying agents, so to speak, as God’s grace is both mediated and experienced through the sacraments. Have you thought, for example, of the Eucharist in this way? When we share in the Eucharist, we are not only ‘telling’, but also ‘doing’, in remembrance of Christ – the Bread of Life – that unifies us as the Church.
This unity is therefore not an invisible principle, but becomes visible in the way we are Church daily. I believe that the Church is not a building, but a faith-sharing community. Our unity as the Body of Christ becomes tangible in the way we pray for each other, care for each other and support one another. Even though my style of prayer may be different from my neighbour’s, or my neighbour’s dress code is different to mine, we can still celebrate our faith in, and love for Christ, by edifying each other in word and deed.
A Scripture that comes to mind is Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12. Have you noticed that the author in this text speaks of two being able to care and fend for each other, but ends verse twelve with the words, “a threefold cord is not quickly broken?” Is the third person implied in this text not perhaps the Holy Spirit?
Is the Holy Spirit figuratively weaved into your church’s proverbial “unity-cord?”