Sunday 8th May: Sunday Thought: From our church notice sheet by Esther Millar

JESUS URGED UNITY

“I in them and You in Me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.” (John 17 v 23)

Unity is strength. A famous Trade Union slogan says, ‘United we stand. Divided we fall.’

The numbers game implies that a single vote of protest can only achieve a small hearing. But a protest march or rally, with thousands participating, will draw wider attention.

One grey area of the numbers tactic will always be whether the protest is genuine, or really a demand or even a veiled threat.

Another grey area is that might is not always right.

What cannot be denied, however, is that unity is strength. Christ certainly wishes the members of His family to live in unity as the above quotation from His High Priestly prayer indicates.

Paul said, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.” “… so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God … “. (Ephesians 4 v 3 & 13)

There is a strength in unity
To live in love and amity.
To speak with a united voice,
Of holy things which are God’s choice.

There is a strength we draw upon,
The oneness of the liaison,
Of Christ and us in unison,
The heart and soul to garrison.

All through each day and then beyond,
We’ll stay within the loving bond,
That fills our cup right to the brim