The whole building, being put together by Him, grows into a holy sanctuary in the Lord. You also are being built together for God’s dwelling in the Spirit.
— Ephesians 2:21,22, HCSB
As believers behold Christ, they will be led to assemble together, and to speak one to another words that will express their fervent love. They will say, He is “the chiefest among ten thousand.” “Yea, he is altogether lovely.”... We have rich themes for thought and conversation, and if we will dwell upon these themes, our souls will be encouraged and uplifted.
When there is love one to another, the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness will be diffused to a world that lies in darkness. Why can we not see from the lessons of Christ, and especially from his prayer for the unity of believers, that Christians must be perfect in unity in order to represent the glory of their Redeemer? If those who believe the truth would bring the prayer of Christ into their practical life, they would grow up into the full stature of men and women in Christ Jesus.
All who entertain evil surmisings, and cherish ill feelings to others, need to be converted. They need to learn to live by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Love for one another is not to be manifested by praise and by flattery of one another, but by true fidelity. The love of Christ will lead us to watch for souls, and if we see one in danger, we will tell him so, plainly and kindly, even at the risk of his displeasure. The religion of Christ is not to be controlled by impulse. We need to pray much and lean wholly upon God. We need to hold the truth with firmness, and in all righteousness and truth; but while we speak the truth with fidelity, we should speak it in love.
Is it not time we sought for the unity for which the Saviour prayed? Shall we not open our hearts to the melting love of Jesus? Shall we not let that love take the place of the coldness and hardness that have been too often revealed in the character? May the Lord have compassion upon us; may he forgive our perversity, heal our backslidings, and unite the hearts of all that believe the truth in that oneness for which Christ prayed, that we may be one even as he and the Father are one.
— Signs of the Times, February 7, 1895
Speak to one another words that express your fervent love for Christ when you assemble together with other believers.
Bring the prayer of Christ into your practical life. Learn to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
Watch for souls who are in danger and kindly go to them. Pray much and lean wholly on God; hold the truth with firmness and speak it in love.
May the Lord have compassion on us. May He forgive our perversity, heal our backslidings and unite the hearts of all believers in the oneness of Christ.