Here is a guide to help us remember who we are and what God expects of us, as citizens of His kingdom.
1Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are.12I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.17Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.18Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.19And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.20“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.21I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.22“I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one.23I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.
John 17:1-26 (NLT)
2Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.3Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.4For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.
Ephesians 4:2-4 (NLT)
I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.
1 Corinthians 1:10 (NLT)
The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.
1 Timothy 1:5 (NLT)
21Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.22God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church.