Mark 3: 24 NIV
24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come.
God will provide; not divide. But, how often do we become ensnared by the enticing allure of daily bouts of division. Our homes, jobs, and daily routines are fraught with division. It tries to seem fair and just. Yet buried beneath it’s deception, it was bred from fear, competition, selfishness, and evil desires. I have argued with the idea and played around with making the division seem just what was needed in a situation.
Is this what we as Christians are suppose to be a part of?
The simple idea is taking one whole and separating it into equal parts. One for you and one for me. No one can deny the simple truth that this will create harmony if done with precision.
In the beginning when the church was just getting its feet wet and leaders were determining the coarse they would take in the new faith, division was afoot. The bible gives us clear direction as to how to function.
1 Corinthians 12: 21-26 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty,24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it,25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
Each person in our union of faith has a part to uphold. No one is more needed or less worthy. All necessary in how we function in unison. If one is separated, the whole body dies. Yes, it will die. Our faith, our strength, our connection with our Lord will fall and become lost in the broken world.
Each of us must realize that when a separation happens, God’s power here on earth weakens. He is still present, but we are not.
When this separation occurs, complacency, confusion, misunderstanding, and chaos begin to form. It starts gently, but then the chasm is so large, isolation is the outcome.
I have been a part of this outcome. Too many times I have been drawn away from fellow Christians by life. In addition, I have watched as opinions, misunderstandings, and the lack of empathy can drive situations into a state of complete futility.
Who loses? Everyone.
Who wins? Satan.
Colossians 3:12-15 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful
Since we are his beloved, our state of being must be one that upholds His words. These words call for unfairness. If one person sins and takes another’s peace, it is to be repaid with grace, humility, and patience. If this person repeats an offense or believes that your way is not the way it should be, you are to forgive and bind it up with love.
Our only recourse in all of this unfairness, is prayer. Lifting our requests for understanding and peace. Lifting our request for fairness and truth to prevail. Lifting up our sinful decisions to repay what has occurred with righteousness and discord.
I yearn for this peace. The peace of the mountain-top. The peace that transcends all understanding. Yet, our great Lord wants us to live in the valley. Live where shattered men, women and children slice the peace with jagged edges cutting its flesh. It causes such pain at times, but our great father in heaven knows that it is only temporary. As we take the hits, He takes his healing hand eliminating its presence. We move on and show others that nothing can separate us from our God.
2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.