I think unity is a subject that we all need to embrace and work towards if we are ever going to make a difference in this world. John 13:34-36 says, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
Sometimes I just really like the daylights and want to share - So posted below is the one from today.
Avoiding the Abundant Life #4 - Wednesday February 11, 2009
By David Megill
"An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment" Proverbs. 18:1 NIV
The number four way to avoid the abundant life is to isolate yourself.
Try something. Are you ready? Okay, here goes. Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps-literally. Oh, you don't have bootstraps? Okay, by your shoelaces then. Or your pants cuffs, or your belt loops...Obviously it can't be done! Yet, this statement and the difficulty of actually succeeding reflects a problem in current cultural philosophy. While God calls us to personal responsibility, the Bible does not encourage the same level of individualism as our American culture.
The truth is that Scripture is clear of two things about one who isolates himself: First, his motive is selfish. Perhaps he is protecting his reputation in case of failure, or perhaps he doesn't want to share the rewards of success. Often we accuse others for our lack of connection, but frequently it is our own selfish interest we are protecting.
Second, he defies all sound judgment. Benjamin Franklin said, "If we don't hang together, we shall surely hang separately." The truth is that God has designed life to be abundant in shared quantity. Scripture is clear that the Christian life can only be lived fully if its lived corporately.
Isolating yourself is easily done. It's the unity of the spirit that takes effort to preserve. To avoid the abundant life, avoid others who are pursuing the abundant life. Otherwise, just when you have a good funk going, someone may come along and ruin it with an encouraging story or act.