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Disunity Within The Body
6/21/2018

These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethrenProv. 6:16-19 (NKJ V)

Imagine if your two legs and feet were not willing to work together the way you would hope for them to.  I am not speaking of an injury, but as if your legs and feet had the freedom to choose whether to obey the commands of your brain — and they are using this new found freedom to go in separate directions, and it is causing all sorts of problems, as you obviously cannot make progress in moving in the direction you were hoping.  

Add to this that your legs are not getting along, and they begin to kick at each other.  Suddenly, your mouth begins to chime in, and all sorts of negative and abusive things begin to spout forth, as your tongue begins to berate your legs and feet for not working together.

Now imagine yourself attempting to walk down the street and there are all sorts of people observing you — they witness your bazaar behavior, the parts of your body not working well together, and even hear the abusive and hurtful things coming from your own mouth about your own body.  

As crazy as this scenario sounds, it actually plays out every day throughout our world.  Maybe you’ve not seen someone acting this way with respect to their own physical body, but have you ever witnessed other Christians (members of the body of believers) fighting each other, and speaking negative and abusive things about each other?  

I think it is important for us to understand that it is the unity and love amongst believers that gives the world our true witness, because it testifies of Jesus’ presence in our lives.  This is why Satan and his emissaries work so hard to tempt us to be selfish, self-serving, and self-centered.  He knows discord and disunity among the body of believers gives him great opportunity to keep them from having the blessings God wants to provide for them —  it keeps others from wanting to know Jesus Christ, and ultimately it allows Satan to mock God. The Apostle Paul knew this very well, and it’s why he wrote in so many of his letters to encourage believers to be unified. 

Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Rom. 15:5-6 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to pray and think upon these things today.  Seek unity with others, especially those of the faith.  As much as it depends upon you live peaceably with everyone (Rom. 12:18). 

STUDY QUESTION:  According to Romans 15:5-6, what happens when we are likeminded with other believers and unified in God’s will?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  Are you promoting unity amongst others, or are you tempted to participate in conversations and actions that would foster division and disunity?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to be a vessel of God — one promoting and fostering unity and truth.  When you have to confront others who are being divisive, confront them in love and grace (Gal. 6:1), and remember that it is not a power encounter, but a truth encounter — do your part. 

PRAYER: Father, help me to bring unity in all that I do.  Help me to see the temptations from the enemy to foster disunity.  Remind me of Your heart and will, and to do my part. I ask this in Jesus’ precious name, amen.

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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