Do you know what Jesus asked His Father for?

In John 17:20-23, after praying for His disciples, He prayed for us! His prayer to His Father was for UNITY among those who would believe in Him. Jesus prayed:

"I do not pray for those alone [meaning His disciples], but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me."
~ John 17:20-23 (NKJ)

That they may be one just as We are one!

Do you know what that would accomplish - if we were "one" - in unity? Jesus said (in verse 21), "that the world may believe that You sent Me." …That the world may believe! How can the world believe that the One we are following (and trying to lead them to) is a loving God if we can't even love each other?

In John 15:12, Jesus said, "This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." It's so important to Jesus that we love each other that He put it as a commandment - not a request or suggestion - a commandment!

Would you like to see an end to our "house divided"? In Matthew 12:25, Jesus said, "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand."

This is not about religion or doctrines! It's about HIS HOUSE in division! Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God? Do you believe that He died for our sins and was resurrected on the 3rd day? Have you repented of your sins and asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior? If so, then you're part of the house of God, the Body of Christ, the Kingdom of God. Doesn't that make us part of the same house, Body, and Kingdom - if we believe that, too? So, why are we a "house divided against itself"? Nobody said we have to all go to one church to be one "body" and to be in unity. We just have to do what Jesus said to do - Love the Lord God with all our heart, and to love each other.

If we want the world to know that "God is love," we need to start representing Him by living as He commanded us to live. Let's love each other and start down the road towards unity in the Body of Christ!

To connect with others who want unity in the Body, please send us email to unity@john17.org. This is not affiliated with any particular church, religion, or organization. We're just followers of Jesus Christ who love Him and love His people! Let's bring healing to His Body together!


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God bless you in your efforts and prayers towards unity in the Body of Christ!