Unity. That can be an ugly word. Did/do you ever notice that if you have multiple children that two can usually be in unity (get along) very well, but throw a 3rd child into the mix and let the battle begin?!
(Tara close your eyes here), but I think Tony our youngest son got caught in the middle between my daughter and her older brother on many occasions when the battle would start. Tony would be playing “house” with Tara or something and Mike would come in to get Tony to play football or basketball. Let the yelling start!
You know, in our adult lives, many times it is not much different. We are working along on a project with one or two ladies and it is rolling along pretty well when another opinion comes in to the mix. I can’t tell you how many times at women’s functions the idea of unity was painfully NOT on the hearts and minds of the women in attendance.
One time, in our first pastorate, we were having our normal monthly Women’s meeting. Discussion was about various topics. The community we lived in was a huge eleven people, my family was five of the eleven people. There were five houses, two churches and a school house in the community. The Lutheran church women’s league had requested the use of some of our bowls for a soup supper they were hosting (prior to using disposable items here). The biggest fight broke out over whether we should allow this to happen or not. How silly, right? Bowls can be replaced, but learning the value of unity with others is so important for us to do.
Romans 12:18 plainly tells us, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” If it is possible – tell me, other than if sin is involved, when is it NOT possible to get along with each other? We all have ideas and opinions. It doesn’t make any of them necessarily right or wrong.
Unity depends on you. Ok, ladies here is the ouch in this. You can’t control another person, but you should be able to control yourself! We are not children that would say, “She started it”! We are women of God – how does this depend on me? I can be the bigger person, listen and ask God to give me appropriate words to say; words that don’t cut or hurt.
Live at peace with one another. We have to remember we are representing the Creator of the Universe; the most important person in our lives. If we can’t live in unity it causes other people to not want to have anything to do with us, or our wonderful Lord.
Unity should NOT be an ugly word to us. We are all created by the same Lord; He makes no mistakes and he doesn’t make junk. We are to love and support each other showing Christian love. Look at Ephesians 4:29-31 has to say on this: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Good motto to follow! Let’s be women of God found in unity and love.
Dear Father, if any of my sisters in Christ are having a problem with unity I pray that you will calm their hearts and lives and bring, peace and love into their lives so they can represent you in the way you deserve. Amen