by John Michalak
That they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me.
The Bible emphasizes the interdependence between loving God and loving people.
It says that you can’t say you love God when you don’t love people. Likewise, you can’t say you love people when you don’t pursue the love of God. Each love depends on the other.
The same applies to unity. If you constantly struggle to walk in unity with people, you may need to focus more on seeking unity with God—walking in God’s ways, submitting your will to His, seeking to be one with Him. And vice-versa, if you find it hard to be one with God, perhaps you need to focus more on being flexible with people, walking in humility, and seeking agreement with others.
Jesus fervently pursued unity with God. But, but He never neglected inviting others to walk in unity as well. He humbled Himself before others so that they might be one with God.
This should be the heart-cry of your life—to be one with God. In this, your heart can also be fulfilled through your unity with others.
Prayer: Lord, help me to never neglect my unity with You and with others.