“Work toward unity, and live in harmony with one another. Avoid thinking you are better than others or wiser than the rest; instead, embrace common people and ordinary tasks.” Romans 12:16 TV
Unity and harmony sound like a great thing, and you will find few who would say they are opposed to it, so why is it such a hard thing to achieve?
Unity requires that you don’t just get along with those who get along with you and agree with you, but rather that you get along with those who are different than you and those who might not agree with you. Unfortunately, most of the big movements in the world today are not about unity and harmony; although they may raise these banners, they are more about getting everyone else to conform to their beliefs.
Jesus was a master at bringing people together and loving everyone regardless of where they came from or what social status they possesed. Even though He was Jesus, God incarnate, He never shyed away from associating with the outcasts and those who were of lower position. What is more, He always sought them out. Jesus met the where they were at and loved them even if they didn’t believe in Him. He also was a champion of serving others no matter how menial the task.
If we want unity and harmony, we’ve got to follow in Jesus’ footsteps and embrace those who are different than we are, even those who believe differently than we do. The only way to do this is to have a proper view of yourself, that you don’t know it all or have it all figured out.
Spend a miunte with the Lord asking Him to expose in you where you might think too highly of yourself. Spend some time confessing your sin to Him. Ask Him to show you how you can serve others better.