The Apostle Paul is the most legendary missionary in Christianity. His steady perseverance in planting churches, despite harsh opposition, is mindboggling.

Upon leaving one of his churches, he received word of some of the temptations the flock had fallen into in his absence. He heard of church members using Communion as an opportunity to get drunk (11:21), rampant prostitution being practiced and defended (6:12-20), heresy being preached (15:12-19), elitism taking place in the church (1:10-17). He even heard of a man having an affair with his stepmother (5:1).

With a list like that, where does one begin?

“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought” (1:10).

Paul begins by imploring them to be united. Of all the things that he needs to address, their unity is first, foremost, and tantamount.

Why? Because it was first tantamount to Christ.

In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus shares the same sentiment: “If you bring a gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Mt 5:23-24).

That’s how important our unity is to Jesus. It comes first. Everything else falls into alignment beneath its primacy.

Is there someone you need to make amends with? Do it now. Don’t wait.

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