But I urge and entreat you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in perfect harmony and full agreement in what you say, and that there be
no dissensions or factions or divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in your common understanding and in your opinions and judgments. 1
Corinthians 1:10 AMP
It seems everywhere
I look I am reminded that God is moving to unite His body. When something is repeated and repeated, it is wise to pay attention.
We cannot possibly harbor resentments, offenses,
and various other dissentions and expect to become the Kingdom of God. You know if you are not comfortable in a relationship that there is something amiss. Usually you can be pretty sure it is something within your own heart that keeps you from
fellowship. God is not mocked. What He says He will do, He will. He says He will have a people united and He will be their God.
The enemy has
worked very hard to cause us to separate ourselves from others. We think we are doing God a favor by excluding others who have not yet heard His plea for unity. What we do not understand is that we are innately programmed to be formed as a group
and not as individuals.
As I am writing this, our country has suffered yet another horrendous tragedy. The tornado in Moore, Oklahoma has claimed the lives of
countless people. Most everyone I know would rally together if it were possible, to help the families of these victims. At these times of bare empathy, we ban together in prayer and service. Yet in everyday life we separate ourselves from
each other, knowing that divided we fall.
If you have been raised to be “singled out” as superior to others or to be less than you perceive others to be, you know in your
heart this is wrong. No matter how you may try to justify actions of division, if the tables were turned, you would desperately crave the help of others to love and support you.
It is times like these that we take the focus off ourselves and turn our eyes to Jesus for simple ways to become one with the rest of His body. We may think we have nothing to offer, but we know that as part of the body of Christ, when one
part hurts, the whole body hurts.
God, I pray we are getting the message. There are those who would blame you for this awful tragedy calling it an “act of God”.
Those who know you, know this is an act of the devil to further separate us from vital parts of our whole body. You would never send your Son to save us and then take lives in this awful way. You are Good and you only do GOOD!