We see so much division in our society today. You have different political affiliations, numerous church denominations, different support groups, and you have so many other divides in the world, that cause such turmoil, but as believers in Christ, we must stand united in Christ!
“Have we not all one Father?
Has not one God created us?
Why do we deal treacherously with one another
By profaning the covenant of the fathers?” Malachi 2:10
As believers in Christ, we all have the same Heavenly Father, so we must be unified in Him. Why are we waging fights with each other? Why are we dividing each other, yelling profanities as each others, and why are we humanly angry at out brothers and sisters? If someone is interpreting Scripture wrong, correct them in love. If someone is falling astray, correct them with the truth of the gospel so they can learn what they are doing wrong.
There is a right and wrong way of doing things, and as believers, we must choose the right way. Now, this does not mean we do not have the right towards righteous anger. Christ, Himself, showed righteous anger in the temple, so if we see atrocities of sin happening, we can get righteously angry, and many people think you can’t get angry at all, which is where the divide starts. If we do not get righteously angry at sin, how can we be united on God’s Word if we do not stand on His principles?
However, many people think they are the holiest of the holiest, some people think that God favors them more, and some people want to prove everyone wrong even if they aren’t right. Egos destroys unity, and unity is what keeps us connected.
“If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” 1 John 4:20
How can we claim to love God, but not our brothers and sisters in Christ? To be a believer in Jesus, you must be Christ-like, which means loving others when they do you wrong, loving others when they are down, and loving others even when they think they don’t need love.
To love someone is to correct someone, and many do not understand that. God even commanded us not to despise the correction of the Almighty in Job 5:17. To unify together in Christ, we must all be right on Scripture, but as you can see, there are millions and millions of translations, when there is only supposed to be one translation. So many people are flying through the wind and have no correction. People tell them one thing, others tell them another thing, which causes confusion.
People debate the Bible and it’s meaning when there should be no debate at all for there is only one meaning of each passage, each verse, and each chapter. The fighting, the bickering, and the division is not healthy for the soul. I understand that there are times where you want to get in a heated argument on the Bible, but what does God say?
“A soft answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1
I, for one, am very passionate for Jesus, and if someone does or says something against His Word, I am willing to pull the armor of God out and go to battle, but sometimes, I address the situation in the wrong way, but Proverbs 15:1 always brings me back to reality.
We must speak with a soft answer, for it turns away wrath. When you feel like yelling, speak gentle. When you feel like condemning someone, pray for them. There is a time and a place for everything. There is a time to be mad, but there is also a time to be silent.
This here is another reason that is causing the division in the church. We aren’t willing to correct others, but we are willing to fight others. If you are fighting with someone just to be right, then that makes you just as wrong, for the only one who right is Jesus.
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”Philippians 2″3-4
Selfish ambitions causes divide. To be unified, you must put others before yourself. To be unified, you cannot think of your own gain, but the gain of someone else. For the Bride of Christ to be unified, we must have the goal of helping each other, walking with each other, and we must have Christ as our main objective.
You see many people not in church anymore due to these reasons! We cannot be unified if half of the Bride of Christ is at home while the other half is sitting in the congregation.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”Matthew 28:19
Our mission is to spread the gospel to nations and to baptize them in His name! The fighting, the self-righteousness, and the divide will not complete this mission. Those who are unsaved, are watching us. Do you want them to see a church who is divide or united?
The world watches our every move, and is waiting for us to fall, but when we stand united in Christ, we will not fall. To be united, we must speak with a soft word, give up the self-righteousness, and we must stand hand in hand as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Our time is getting short, and now is the time to unite and show others the love of Christ! There are so many souls that are on their way to Hell, and we must show them that they can be saved, but with the divide that is in the church, people are more concerned on proving others wrong than leading people to Christ.
The time is ticking, and we must unite now, we must confess now, and we must witness now, for tomorrow is never promised.