John 17:21 (KJV)
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
Jesus continued to pray the believers asking for a unity of believers the same unity that his father and he shared. Jesus said himself that the world would know his followers by the love they showed each other.
By demonstrating this love we can show the world what a Christian looks like and how we act. Not through our power but through the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us.
If we fight and gossip among ourselves the witness of the church is lost and we will not be the force in the world that Jesus prayed for. We will be useless in the battle to share the gospel.
Dear Lord: Give me the opportunity to share your love among the brethren. Keep from the trap of idle gossip and remove me from the battles within the church. Let me stand boldly for the cause of Christ.
In Jesus name I pray amen.