Unity is always a priority for the kingdom of God (Zechariah 14:9). Working for unity is never easy. It involves overcoming opposition, going against the stream, bridging differences between people, fighting against the devil (Luke 11:16-17). It is painful, because it involves getting close to people who have hurt us. Yet unity is necessary for the good of everyone.
We must strive for unity. Here are a few translations of Ephesians 4:3 about how to keep the unity of the Spirit:
Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit (KJ); Giving diligence… (AS); Make an effort to preserve… (CE); Eager to maintain… (ES); Work hard to live together as one… (NL); Strive earnestly to guard the oneness… (Amp).
Part of the effort of reaching unity is communication. It takes much communication to work out differences of opinion. Communication can be exhausting. Yet covenantal dialogue and discussion is the work of coming to unity. Sin causes misunderstanding and confusion. We are striving to reverse the “curse” of the tower of Babel.
Another reason is men’s ambition. Many people want to get ahead for their own benefit, so they separate from others. Striving for ambition prevents one from striving for unity. Where there is pride and ambition, separation and division are often the result (Proverbs 18:1).
Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.
He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.
Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.