Unite: because we are stronger together

We unite or fall. Held together by a cause greater than all.

It doesn’t matter what genes you have or what gender or generation you belong to. They don’t define you.

You’re more than your situation, sensibilities and sensitivities.

The things that unite us as believers in Christ are stronger than those that divide.

In Christ we are all being made whole. In Him we all receive mercy, grace and forgiveness.

We don’t have to wear a badge of belonging – or even a crucifix – to show our allegiance to God.

We don’t need to demonstrate or remonstrate.

What signals our unity as Christians is the love we have for God and one another. Click To Tweet

Let’s unite together as brothers and sisters who link hearts across oceans.

Who are being made fearless by faith. Who are made weak with wonder at God’s goodness and grace.

We join hands, break bread, raise voices, link arms, cry, pray and do life together.

Some, like me, miss the traditional services and sermons, the gathering in groups in church buildings; we remain on the edge of things.

But we still find our kith and kin, seek out sisters of solidarity, brothers of familiarity, our adopted family of faith wherever we may find them.

God will unite us in unity with fellow believers, helping us find our spiritual home with them.

Because it’s those things we share, the common denominators, which cancel out the perceived differences.

No colour or creed, ย no doctrinal differences,ย or church building, should separate us from one another.

Compassion, care and concern will unite us in our shared brokenness.

We stand, wobbly warriors of faith, wielding our sword of the Spirit, knowing we are stronger together.

Let's unite in revealing God's kingdom, sharing our stories to bring hope and healing to others. Click To Tweet

Truth is… I need you, my friend, and I hope you can find a place for me too.

I’m uniting with fellow five-minute-friday writers at Kate Motaung’s site where we are sharing our words on the prompt ‘unite’. Come and join us here.ย I’m linking up late and there’s grace for all. Your words are welcome too.

And with Barbie and Carrie at ‘Let Us Walk Worthy’ as we consider how we can grow together in faith. Click here to read the rest of the posts and link your own.

18 Comments

    1. Michele, there is great encouragement in realising we are all ‘works in progress’ who may never “arrive” as such in this lifetime, but we learn and we grow and we change and help one another on the journey. Yes indeed, “thanks be to God that He never gives up” on us! Have a blessed weekend, friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Hi Joy! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love this. The message of unity has been on my heart as well. We can do/be so much more communally than we ever can individually. ((sweet blessings))

    1. Amen, my friend. There is tremendous comfort in being united, watching in wonder as God knits a diverse, tangled body of believers together as one, held fast by His firm stitches of love. Now I need to pop over and read your post! It’s good to be in community with you. Blessings. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Oh! I just love this! We do need to unite and seek followers in Christ. Fellowship is important and I’m so grateful for the online communities that bring us together! Many blessings to you, Joy! Thank you for always showing up and for offering love and encouragement!

    1. Carrie, I am grateful beyond measure for having “online communities that bring us together” because they enrich our life and faith experiences. In my rather constrained, largely housebound life, they bring me fellowship, friendship and faith-stirring words that feed my soul. It’s been a joy for me to meet and connect with you and Barbie, as well as other dear writer friends. You offer support, love and encouragement to me too!

  3. We spend so much time focusing on our differences. I don’t have a problem with us being different, but I think we can unite and be stronger together. Thanks for writing this. You’ve done it so beautifully!

    1. Hi Nancy. Thanks for stopping by. It’s good to meet you! Yes, we are definitely stronger as we focus more on what unites rather than on what divides us. Have a blessed weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. We stand, wobbly warriors of faith, wielding our sword of the Spirit, knowing we are stronger together.
    This phrase really stuck with me. I am sometimes afraid to admit that i am wobbly, but I need my brothers and sisters in Christ even more when I wobble. I need to stop being afraid of being real.

    1. Oh never be afraid to admit you are wobbly. There are more of us like that than otherwise! All leaning on one another when we are weak, and helping each other when we are stronger. That’s what the body of Christ is for. Please have the courage to be real and know you are welcomed and loved just as you are. I know it can be hard when we’ve been hurt in the past. Jesus didn’t wait for us to measure up before being willing to die for us. He knows our sinful, mortal frame and loves us all the same. Every person is precious in God’s sight and we all have a role to play in the body of Christ. You too, my friend. You’re in good company here, and warmly welcome to stop by again. Blessings and prayers.

  5. Oh yes, Joy. So true. We need to unite in sharing God’s kingdom, in listening with compassion and bearing the burdens of others, and in sharing our stories to bring hope and healing to hurting souls. I admit it’s not always easy to open my heart to others, especially with the trust issues I have, but I’m learning step by step. Thank you for your encouragement, my friend. May your weekend be filled with resting in both body and soul! Hugs!

    1. Trudy, I see and sense a gradual unfurling to trust, an unfolding of your story and an unravelling of its impact on your life. And in witnessing those things, I also see how much you are helping others to be real, encouraging them to open up and to know they are not alone with their problems and pain. Our past can be redeemed by grace, our lives restored and our adversity broken into beauty. That’s the good news we have received and are able to share with others, imperfect ‘works in progress’ as we are. You have come a long way in the time I’ve known you, and my soul rejoices in your gradual healing. You encourage me so much. Blessings and hugs! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  6. Beautiful sentiment and words, Joy.
    Connection and unity is what matters because above all we are supposed to love and serve…
    …any way, any time, within a religious group or diverse ones.

    I miss you and your loving, wise words.
    They are truly words of joy!

    Take good care!

    Love and hugs!

    1. Hi Katina. What a lovely surprise to see you here! Sorry to say, I’ve lost connection with the TW group and have little spare energy for visiting FB groups these days. But I do appreciate the friendships I made there, especially getting to know you, sweet friend. I miss you too, and your own “loving, wise words.” Please consider subscribing here via email so that at least we can stay in touch that way. And I’d love you to send me a link to your blog, because I seem to have lost that too. Thank you SO much for stopping by. You’re very welcome to come again. Sending blessings, love and hugs! Xx

  7. Amen: “Truth isโ€ฆ I need you, my friend, and I hope you can find a place for me too!” I need you too friend. So thankful for places and people who God has united my life with. I’m in the #7 spot this week.

    1. Tara, it was lovely to read your words and hear how friendships of various kinds have blessed and shaped your life. I’m so thankful to have become one of your FMF chums! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  8. I love your call to unite. Your words are timely as we fight against the world which teaches that we can do things on our own. Each man for himself. This is the time the church needs to unite and become one as we show others that love is the way to uniting the world. Love and hugs friend!

    1. I love what you say here, Mary: “This is the time the church needs to unite and become as one as we show others that love is the way to uniting the world” – yes and amen! How blessed I am to have united with you on the blogosphere. Your friendship has become a precious gift of grace to me. Love and hugs! Xx

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