Satan hates God, and consequently, Satan hates the people of God—the church. Satan does all he can to stir up disunity among God’s people, going to great lengths to create division and strife (1 Pet. 5:8). On the other hand, God loves when unity exists among His children. Ezekiel 37:17 paints a visual picture of God’s desire to restore unity between Judah and Israel. Illustrating this desire, God told Ezekiel to join together the ends of two sticks in order to create one unified stick.
The point is we worship a God who values unity, so we should as well. So how does valuing unity manifest itself in our daily lives? Valuing unity means we pray for unity. It means we judge ourselves before we judge others. It means we count the cost of disunity and seek reconciliation when we can. It also means pursuing humility, which acts as an antidote to selfishness.
How can you seek reconciliation and ensure unity with others in the body of Christ, the church?