Glorify God

Romans 15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like minded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: 6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

If we think unity is for and about us, then we will miss this message. Paul's purpose in this challenge for unity in the local church was not to indulge us in the warmth of brotherly love, but to impact the world’s opinion of God. Glorify means, “to influence one’s opinion about another so as to enhance the latter’s reputation.” BDAG

Unity, day in and day out, among people of diverse backgrounds gives a credible context to what we want the world to know about God. Paul was not simply promoting a worship service where the worshipers publicly speak pleasant things about God. In this passage he was promoting consistent like mindedness as a context to evangelism.

When we experience disunity in our church the direct result is a weakening of our ability to influence the world’s opinion of our Savior. The first work of the evangelist is to secure the unity of his church. It is the anti-evangelist who foments and sows discord. The person who would glorify God must be trained in and use the methods taught in scripture to resolve conflicts and disunity, so God may be truly glorified.


  1. I think I'm missing the point here. Why should God be glorified? He was just doing what creators do, wasn't he? That's what God(s) are for.



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