Scripture: “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” –Psalm 133:1”
“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” –Ephesians 4:1-3
“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” – Colossians 3:14
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” – Matthew 5:9
Insight: I purposely added a few more scriptures than usual at the top of this message to illustrate just how important unity through love was to Jesus. Jesus must be shedding tears in heaven for all of the division that exists in the world right now. The enemy is all about division, but God’s Kingdom is all about unity. What unites us must be greater than what divides us. Where is our compassion and love for one another? God is desperately looking for peace makers right now. Are you one He can depend on? The one thing God constantly focus’s on is the need for love to unite us and to rid ourselves of all that divides us. Instead, we live in a world and a Country of great division, fomented by a politically motivated media machine that gets its very power and life source from inciting the worst of human emotions. Anger, hatred, division, pride and greed have replaced common decency and love for our fellow man.
Humanism has reached a zenith where instead of following God, and his call for unity based on a common love for each other, we are following our own emotions which are being supercharged by an avaricious media cycle of antagonism towards anything or anyone we disagree with. Where does this all lead? Can humanity withstand this type of non-stop aggression towards those we may disagree with? I have no idea, I just know this is not the course that leads to peace and contentment. We must learn to refuse the cynicism and turn back to the unifying principles spelled out for us in the Bible based on love and respect. We should remember to heed the words found in James 1:19-20 that says, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” Maybe, just maybe, if we listed more and talked less, we would all become better communicators. So turn off the noise that the media is hysterically using to divide us and turn to the only one, Jesus Christ, who can heal all that divides us and hear His voice, which is calling us back to unity in Him through love. United we stand, but divided we will surely fall. Ecclesiastes 4:12 sums up our need for each other to be bonded together when it says, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” May it be so on earth right now as it is in Heaven!