live in unity

CHRISTIAN DEVOTIONS

Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement allow you to live in harmony with one another, according to the command of Christ Jesus, so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with a united mind and voice.        Romans 15:5-6 HCSB

You are not always going to agree with everyone and everyone is not always going to agree with you.  I have noticed, in today’s world, if you disagree many times that means an offense and then an all out grudge.  I have seen it separate the very best of friends!  I am astounded over people who have been dear friends literally part ways over minor disagreements.

Let us look at it this way.  If you have an argument or disagreement with your spouse, you don’t divorce them because they think the toilet paper should go over and you think it should go under!  When your children don’t see eye to eye with you, you continue to love them and see them (if they are grown), or if they are still children, you don’t put them in an orphanage!  When you don’t see eye to eye with your own parents, they don’t disinherit you and tell you they never want to have anything to do with you…they don’t if they are normal, that is!  

Why is it we think it is any different with people who are in the body of Christ?  We manage to disagree agreeably with family members and loved ones and continue to love them, why is it such a major ordeal when it is CHURCH members or another Christian??  Because satan uses division to cause confusion and the Bible says where there is confusion there is every kind of evil work!

In Philippians 4:2 Paul instructs two women to settle a dispute that is between them.  We can find out much through this.  Let us take a look…

2 I entreat and advise Euodia and I entreat and advise Syntyche to agree and to work in harmony in the Lord.

3 And I exhort you too, [my] genuine yokefellow, help these [two women to keep on cooperating], for they have toiled along with me in [the spreading of] the good news (the Gospel), as have Clement and the rest of my fellow workers whose names are in the Book of Life.

Here are two women who inexhaustibly helped Paul in the ministry.  They had worked together in harmony and accomplished great things for Jesus!  What was upsetting Paul was the fact they no longer worked in harmony or agreement and because of that they were not as effective for the Gospel!  How do we know this?  Because in the rest of the verse Paul says it…for they have toiled along with me in [the spreading of] the good news (the Gospel). 

I have a different example, but it goes along with this so I am going to give it to you.  When we evacuated for Hurricane Rita, my Pomeranian fell out of the travel trailer door and broke her leg.  There were no small animal vets where we were and we had to wait until we got home for her to be properly attended to. 

When I took her in, there was no doubt surgery was required.  Her leg had literally snapped in half.  When my regular vet saw it he told me the worst case scenario (losing her leg if it failed to heal) and it looked like after the surgery that was what was going to happen.  He tried everything he knew to save it.  Finally, he asked me if she could stay in the hospital for 3-4 days for observation. He wanted to consult with his partner and let him observe her leg.  Something he said really struck me!  He said, “Two heads are better than one!”  Think about that for a moment.  Two CAN accomplish twice what one can.  A helping hand always takes a load off of the one, and the Bible literally tells us to help carry another’s load.  It doesn’t say for the one to come along and say, “Hand it all to me, and I will carry it all for you, plus my own!.”  It says to come along side of and HELP carry, not solely carry!  Again, there is power in numbers. By the way, the vets worked together and saved her leg!

When you have other ministers that come to your ministry, and bring their gift and anointing, then so many more are reached for Christ.  Can you imagine the outreach, just by adding a minister or two to the staff, along with your loving flock?  It is when we come together in great numbers,  but even more so in UNITY, great things are accomplished.

Your prayers become more powerful, as well!  It tells us the prayer of agreement is always answered by God!  I can’t say, “Agree with me on this in prayer” and then turn around and talk negatively about you, or find fault with you.  If I do, I am not in agreement with you because agreement here also means UNITY!  Love has to be set in motion and kept in motion for the body of Christ, the church, to function to full power and miracle-working capacity.

No, we are NOT all going to agree on everything, BUT we still must love one another and we must still be there for one another.  If we just start ditching people because they don’t see things our way, we will soon be left standing alone, and a lone sheep is ALWAYS devoured by a wolf (the devil)!  Your church or ministry, whatever it may be,  will not grow.  You will always be at that one number of attendance or less.  Your anointing will not function to fullest capacity because you are literally in sin when you don’t settle a matter with your friend or neighbor.

In Matthew 5:23-24 it tells us….

Amplified Bible (AMP)

23 So if when you are offering your gift at the altar you there remember that your brother has any [grievance] against you,

24 Leave your gift at the altar and go. First make peace with your brother, and then come back and present your gift.

Notice it says to go to the one who is WRONG!  The one holding the grudge is the one you are to try to make peace with!  WOW!  The one who OWES YOU the apology, YOU  are to go in love and try to make peace!  We always make it vice versa! 

When YOU are a peacemaker, it shows YOU are the mature one and it is YOU that will inherit the Kingdom of God, according to the Beatitudes.  It says in the Amplified, your life will be so good, others will envy the wonderful and blessed life you have!  Now, that is a good life!!

You may say to me, “But, Juliana, I have tried to make peace and they will have none of it!”  Then the Bible says to pray for them, but shake the dust from your feet and walk on to those who are willing to have peace and love between you!  As far as WE are concerned, we are to live at peace with all.  Keep the grudge out of YOUR HEART, and pray they be blessed with spiritual growth and enlightenment from the Lord.  If they don’t, you are not the one to blame or responsible to see that it happens, but you are responsible to love them, even if they don’t walk in love with you!

You are responsible for YOU and nobody else!  God will not allow me to say on the day of judgement YOU were  MY cause for sinning!   YOU caused all the bitterness in my life!  It won’t hang with God!  There will be one and one alone I will give an account of and that is myself!!  No fingers will be allowed to be pointed at others.  I still had self-control and I will give an account to ALMIGHTY GOD if I did not use it!

Stay in harmony and you will stay in agreement.   When you agree in prayer touching ANYTHING, God says HE WILL DO IT AND NO THING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO YOU!!  What a promise!  BUT, don’t live getting along with others because of what you can get out of it.  It won’t last that way!  Let the love of God always dominate you.  If you don’t have that love, ask Him for it!  He says in James ask of the GIVING GOD WHO GIVES ALL GOOD THINGS LIBERALLY!  LIBERALLY, dear reader!  Your heart can be filled with love to overflowing!  Yes, it is more than possible if YOU are willing!!  God is and has been willing to give that agape love to you all along!

I pray you were blessed by the devotion today!  May God bless you and keep you in all of your ways!  See you soon!   Juliana

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