A few days ago, I was discussing unity with a group of friends. (I talked about this briefly in a post called “S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Night“.) We talked about the attitudes and motives that are necessary to maintain unity in spite of disagreements. We also talked about attitudes and motives that hinder unity.
We need to think the best of others. This seems to be in rhyme with the love spelled out for us in 1 Corinthians 13 that is to more and more characterize our lives. And this should be based, not on our confidence in another person so much- at least not as the basis of that confidence- but in our faith in God and his faithfulness and goodness to us in Christ. God is at work; he’s on our side. He’s there to help us in making us holy and good.
Can we trust God enough to trust others and believe the best about them? If we do, I think we would find it much more natural to live in the unity that we have in Christ.