by Stephen Whitney

Blessing of Unity
Stephen Whitney
Romans 15:5-6

There are over 300 different kinds of Baptist churches in America. Many of them have come because members of one church could not get along with other members so they formed their own church.

In the late 1800's, there were just two deacons in a small Baptist church in Mayfield County, Kentucky. These two deacons hated each other and always opposed one another. On a particular Sunday, one deacon put up a small wooden peg in the back wall so the minister could hang up his hat.

When the other deacon discovered the peg, he was outraged that he had not been consulted. The church took sides and eventually split. A new church was formed and the departing group called themselves, ''The Anti-peg Baptist Church.''

Churches have split over the color of the carpet or curtains, over use of the building, over missions, and over music styles. Satan loves to get people to fight with one another so there is conflict which leads to division and the cause of Christ is hurt.

Background In chapter 14 Paul had been encouraging believers who had strong faith not to use it for their own benefit, but to support those who were weaker in faith by not using their personal freedom in Christ. He wanted the stronger believers to support the weaker believers, then the church would have strong witness to the community that they were united in their common faith in Christ as their Savior.

Paul offers words of encouragement to the believers that although they are different in race, because some were Jews and others were Gentiles and although some were strong in their faith and others were weak, they could be united together to glorify God.

Unity always glorifies God because it is a blessing he gives us through the Holy Spirit as we are united together with him.

Psalm 133 describes it this way: How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down the beard ...

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