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United in Mission and Purpose

It is so difficult to remain United. The enemy knows that having the army of God divided; the fall is just a matter of time.

Matthew 12:25 says: “And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:”

I think division is the favorite and most powerful weapon that the enemy has. Unity is something that cannot be separated, something that cannot be divided. Division means two visions, two ways of thinking very different one from the other. The Church has a vision and an established mission, but when there are individual agendas, then the unity of the Church suffers.

Unity generates power, but division generates destruction. A Kingdom, or a country divided will end up destroying itself. The same applies to the Church. If we want to see a church in progress, full of the power of God and extending itself around the world, we need to unite.

The purpose of being United is not just to be together, but to do something together. We have a mission that is the “great Commission” that Christ has left us, to preach the Gospel and reach the lost. While the Church is in disagreement and its leaders are divided, the Great Commission has become the “Great Omission”. Only when we get to that simple realization that we unite for the mission, which Christ has left us, is when the Church really will really understand the purpose of the unity that Christ expects of us. Living in agreement all the time without any differences that is not unity it’s a Miracle! No one shall is able to be in agreement all the time and have no differences. The Lord knows this and does not expect that from us, but He does expect us to work together. If we can understand that it’s a same mission “Co-Mission” to take the Gospel to lost souls, then man push his personal agenda aside and join his co-laborer so that the work is carried out. In the unity of mission and purpose, the victory is of the whole Church, and not of an individual; the triumphs and achievements of one are the joy of all.

Church, the economy is not what stops us from achieving extraordinary things, much less skills, nor even the devil, it is simply the lack of unity among us in mission and purpose. The brothers are willing to cooperate and help, I have seen it during these months as never before. The people want, but they expect more from us. They expect to see a leadership together with a same mind and a same view.

As the General Pastor, I ask you in the love of the Lord to join in mission and purpose. Let these three days of fasting awaken in all of us a desire to be part of something greater than us. Let’s get close to the people and be sensitive to the voice of God.

I conclude citing the words of Psalm 133 when it says: Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!  It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

For the imperious unity of the Church,
Bishop J. Fortino

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