I think one of my favorite things about our last High School Summer Retreat was the unity that developed among the students. We had upcoming freshmen through graduating seniors participate, and by the end of the week the entire group seemed as though they had bonded into the closest of friends. There’s something special that happens when people become united in Christ. I think that’s why Jesus prayed that His followers would have unity. When people outside the church see people inside the church fight and argue they are tempted to believe that there is nothing different about those who follow Christ. After all, we don’t have to walk too far down the street to see (or hear!) people argue. But what about when we see people resolve their disagreements in a civil way? What about when we see people get along despite the difficult circumstances they face or their personal difference? The ability to exist in unity with others is a mark of the true follower of Christ.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.