“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1–3).
When we talk about unity or oneness, we tend to come with what we know and think, but true unity can only be achieved if we start with and preserve the unity of the Spirit. When the apostle Paul wrote his epistles to the different churches, he was teaching them the practical steps to overcome many cultural, racial, social, and religious barriers that were causing division in the churches. Today we can learn from the letters to the churches in the New Testament many practical steps to end division and walk in unity.
Maybe one of the most important lessons is to recognize that we only know in part, we only see partially. “For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:9–13).
1 Corinthians 10:23