Todays five-minute word is, Agree. This is a time where we write for five minutes on a topic and then post with no editing. So, I ask you to look past the mistakes to the heart.
To agree with one another is that the same as having unity? What are we to agree on to have unity with one another? I think we have unity when we agree about what is most important in life. The one thing scripture teaches which is most important is LOVE.
To love God with all of our hearts, souls, strength and mind, and to love our neighbors as our selves. Love is the one thing all people who believe in Jesus as the messiah, must agree on in order to have Unity. If there is no agreement here that Love is the greatest and love must be what we pursue then there will be no unity in the body of Christ. So then we must also agree on what Love is. In our society we have a very weak view or understanding of Love, a very unbiblical view of love. We love everything from books to food to adventure to movies, but our love for people is weak. Love covers over a multitude of sins, that doesn’t mean we tolerate sin in our brothers and sisters (end of five minutes) but that we acknowledge it, confront them, and forgive them, and then the hard part keep walking with them, pain and all. Love never quits, never ends, never walks away. This is the kind of Love the Father has, the Son has and the Spirit has. If we do any less are we really agreeing with The One who died for us, giving up all His glory to dwell among men to be spit upon, beaten, hated and then killed for us.
We must remember Judas, the one who betrayed Jesus, was walking, eating and serving in the group of followers of Jesus. He was a disciple of Jesus. Jesus knew him, Jesus loved him, Jesus fed him, Jesus talked with him, Jesus ate with him, Jesus washed his feet, Jesus trusted him with the money, Jesus kept walking with him though his heart was hard, Jesus forgave him every step of the way, knowing all that was in his heart, Jesus loved him and prayed for him while walking with him, and talking with him.
Now that is love, the never-ending, never stopping, never giving up kind of Love.
Love that is the one thing we must agree on.