Meditations on Unity

            Satan is defined Biblically as “The Accuser”.  That is what he does.  He generates accusations between folks.  (We are supposed to behave so that none of the accusations are legitimate.)  Accusations lead to animosity and mistrust which results in division taking place between peoples, within families, and within the church.  If such separations are taking place, look for the workings of Satan.

            On the other hand, God is love.  Love covers a multitude of sins.  Love unites.  This is seen when the Jews and the Gentiles came together in Christianity.  This is seen when folks from diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds unite in one Spirit through Christ.  God is love, but God is also truth. God is also Holy.  Sometimes folks try to bring unholy practices into the church.   As God’s people this cannot be allowed, so sometimes lines do need to be drawn.  In 1 Corinthians 11:19, in the midst of scolding them for their divisions, the Apostle acknowledges, “For there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved may become evident among you.”

As Christians, we need to pursue unity, but we can not accept all the things people do or teach.  Such is the nature of our struggle, but let’s not avoid the struggle, let’s engage in it.

God, grant us the wisdom and the Spirit to honor Your name with both love and holiness.

 

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