I belong to the body of the Messiah. Now that is stunning.
I must be transparent and speak the truth. There is no other way to go.
Jesus is the Truth. I must focus on obeying His commands to love my brothers and sisters. To not love is to deny the truth. Yes, I must speak the truth but I must do it in love.
Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. | Ephesians 4:25
Note the reason Paul gave for telling the truth: We belong to each other in the Messiah. He urged us to build the body in love (Eph. 4:16) and he urged us to build the body in truth. “Speaking the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15).
As “members one of another” we affect each other, and we cannot build each other apart from truth. The first sin that was judged in the early church was the sin of lying.
Jesus is clear. Jesus wants His followers and disciples to be unified and one.
Jesus wants us perfected in unity. I must take this seriously. What am I doing to make it happen?
It is important for His message and for the world to see this so they know that God sent Jesus and loves them.
Jesus wants his disciples to one, exactly the way Jesus and God the Father are one. It should be the same.
That they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. | John 17:23
The called-out assembly of disciples (aka church) is one: Or at least we should be one. That is what Jesus wants. That is what Paul and the other apostles teach us.
Jesus has assured us that some will believe because of our witness, but we must make sure that our witness is true and loving. Some disciples are prosecuting attorneys and judges instead of faithful witnesses, and this only turns lost sinners away from the Savior.
I need to get his into my heart and soul. I think Jesus weeps over our disunity and hatred for the other members of the body of Jesus. It is just plain wrong.