“...walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” - Ephesians 4:1-3
It feels like division is everywhere we look. In our country, in our communities, and mainly among believers in the Church.
Whether it’s our beliefs, our cultural associations, our denominations, or the people we associate with, it’s easy to get caught up in dissension as Christians.
But is it possible that Satan is using our interpretations of the Bible, religious traditions, and cultural differences to keep us from following our very basic commandments as followers of Jesus - to love God and love people?
We can’t let our differences keep us from realizing we are united by the strongest thread that bonds us together: the blood of Jesus. Through Him, we are one body. And we can’t let Satan tear us limb for limb.
Jesus tells us in Luke 11:17 that “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls.”
And we read in Titus 3:9 to “Avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.”
Let’s recognize that division - especially among believers - is one of the greatest strategies of the enemy to keep us from our call as Christians. To love God, love people, follow Jesus and bring more people into His Kingdom.
When you feel the need to step into conflict or pull away from someone because of differing beliefs and backgrounds, take it to the Lord first. Before you post, pray. Before you speak, listen. Before you respond, repent.
Seek to hear His voice and direction before you assume your actions or judgment are warranted. You never know if this situation is just another division tactic from the enemy.