Christians must get along with one another both because itâ€™s the right thing to do and because unity speaks volumes to the world. However, the church of Jesus Christ hasnâ€™t been known for unity. Local congregations splinter and whole denominations stand apart from others of like faith for often insignificant reasons. While itâ€™s fine to hold doctrinal and practical distinctions, we have so much in common in our shared faith in Jesus Christ that unity rather than disunity should be the obvious characteristic of Godâ€™s people. Christian unity rests on a foundation of putting others first. When Christians put others firstâ€”seeking to build up and encourage othersâ€”we reflect the character of Christ. In his extended exhortation for unity in the church at Rome, Paul describes our Christian liberty (Romans 14:1-12), Christian harmony (Romans 14:13-23), and finally Christian unity (Romans 15:1-13)â€”interwoven themes that remind us to accept and encourage one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. Like Jesus Christ, we must willingly surrender our rights and put others first.