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Essentials for Local Church Harmony 6: Why It Matters 

Essentials for Local Church Harmony Day 6: Why It Matters 

I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word,  that they may all be one, just as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. (John 17:20-21, ESV)

At some point in your life, you may have reached that breaking point where you ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?” I think I’ve hit that point many times, to be honest! I usually don’t have to dig too deeply to unearth the reasons. But when it comes to local church harmony, what difference does it make? Why does it matter? I would like to pose two reasons. The first relates to the passage in John 17 quoted above: Jesus prayed for it. He asked His Father that “those who will believe in Me through their [the disciples’] word” would “all be one.” It is a pattern seen in the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, while different, are all unified, working together in perfect harmony. He prayed that this pattern would be seen in the lives of His people; He knows the value of unified believers. So in promoting harmony and unity, we are fulfilling the desire of Jesus.  

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic power over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12, ESV)
The second reason is that a unified local church is a direct threat to the powers of darkness. Satan despises it, which is why he seeks to attack it. The more he attacks, the more important it is to stick together. We must battle these forces together in harmony. Each one fighting the right enemy and protecting each other is vital. If Satan can isolate us, his job is so much easier. In their song “Together,” For King & Country notes, “If we fall, we will fall together/And when we rise, we will rise together.” The battle will always be fought better when we fight together. It’s a battle that matters—probably more than we even understand.

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