The Ten: Bible verses about unity

There's been a lot of talk about unity lately. But what does the Word of God have to say?

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1. Ephesians 1:10,11 (NLT)

And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.

2. 1 Corinthians 12:12 Living Bible (TLB)

Our bodies have many parts, but the many parts make up only one body when they are all put together. So it is with the “body” of Christ.

3. Psalm 133:1 (NIV)

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

4. Colossians 3:14 (NIV)

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

5. Ephesians 4:11-13 (MSG)

He handed out gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist and pastor-teacher to train Christ’s followers in skilled servant work, working within Christ’s body, the church, until we’re all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God’s Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ.

6. 2 Chronicles 30:12 (NIV)

Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the Lord.

7. Acts 4:32 (NLT)

All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had.

8. John 17:23 (NLT)

I 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.

9. Ephesians 4:3-6 (NIV)

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

10. Philippians 1:27,28 (MSG)

Stand united, singular in vision, contending for people’s trust in the Message, the good news, not flinching or dodging in the slightest before the opposition. Your courage and unity will show them what they’re up against: defeat for them, victory for you—and both because of God.

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