How to Facilitate Unity and Oneness in the Body of Christ

1 Corinthians 12

22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: 23 and those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: 25 that there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

How to facilitate unity and oneness in the Body of Christ:

– bestow honor on those that do not seem to be strong, attractive or talented.
– realize that people that deserve honor the most often will not take it forcefully, so it should be given.
– realize that some parts have no need for abundant honor, since they already have it.
– resist the urge to separate people on anything other than their purpose and role. There should be no schism in the Body, one banner and one purpose.

Layers and Tones of REPENTANCE

Layers and Tones of REPENTANCE: Jesus preached Repentance to ALL – but his tone was always harsher to the oppressor than to the oppressed. He excoriated and embarrassed those who abused their religious and political and financial power. He even called them mean names sometimes. But to regular sinners He called them “sheep without shepherds,”and said: “Go and sin no more.”

Christians today have the opposite Spirit concerning repentance. Most are scared to preach repentance at all. They think grace means no confrontation with sin at all. The ones that do preach repentance are much quicker to assume the worst of those that are wounded, hurt, weak, and/or don’t know any better.

Unfortunately, most are scared to demand any accountability for the transgressions of those with the actual biblical knowledge & responsibility, or the actual governmental authority & finances to affect everyone. Honoring authority has never meant turning a blind eye to accountability.

Most are scared to confront the sins of the oppressor because they are rich and powerful. It’s so much easier to point out the sins of the weak who can’t buy lawyers or purchase manipulative media propaganda. A true prophetic voice does not turn a blind eye to the transgressions of the powerful and then throw stones at the weak and wounded.

Proverbs 31
8 Open thy mouth for the dumb
in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously,
and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Isaiah 11
2 and the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
3 and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord:
and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes,
neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
4 but with righteousness shall he judge the poor,
and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth:
and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

Luke 4
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Honor, Faith and Love: Choose God or Men – But Don’t Fool Yourself

The rules in the kingdom of God are different than the rules in the kingdoms of men.

People pleasers are often shocked at the things I say and do. “Don’t you know people don’t like that? But they won’t like you anymore… They don’t want to hear that. That might not work.”

I’m amazed that people still think I care.

Men seek honor from one another. In Gods kingdom we seek the honor that comes from God only.

The measure of the Faith of God and the measure of the Love of God in you is critically connected to whom you seek and receive honor from.

John 5
41 I receive not honour from men. 42 But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. 43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. 44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?

In ministry, if you seek approval and honor from audiences, organizations, systems, denominations, or the good ol boys… You may get it from them. But you will not have honor from God, or a full measure of love or faith.

When you seek honor from God you do and say what He says with no regard to the approval of men.