May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. (NIV)
Unity is so key to just about everything, yet so hard to get. Have you ever noticed that you can have 5 people in a room, all listening to one person talk yet they all hear the person differently? It is so weird but true. Unity is so hard because we are all so different. Satan tries to capitalize on those differences to divide us, when God created those differences for good. This scripture encourages us toward unity so that we can praise God together. But it also points out that we have to accept one another so we can have unity so that we can praise God. Why? Because Christ accepted you! That is just too hard to argue with. Why do we have to forgive one another? Because We are forgiven by God. He hasn't asked us to do these things without doing them first. God is so gracious.!
I picked this picture of a rainbow at night not only because it is beautiful and I never knew that there are rainbows at night anywhere (This is in Alaska), but because that just takes hope to a whole new level for me. Isn't that just too cool that God even gives his symbol of promise at night!
This scripture starts out by saying that may the God that gives endurance and encouragement give us a spirit of unity. That is so neat because it is pointing out that God is there to help us, knowing that unity can be tough to achieve. God is always with us and helps us as much as we will allow him.