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Unity: Not Allowing Division to Destroy Us From Within

Judgement will divide and destroy us from within. As followers of Christ, we are to live in unity by loving one another, even when we disagree. 



In the movie Captain America: Civil War (Yes, this is a life lesson from a superhero movie. I’m a mom to boys, what can I say?), the bad guy knows that he is not strong enough to fight and destroy the Avengers. So instead, he causes division among them so that they will destroy themselves. Only the Avengers are strong enough to fight each other.

Isn’t this what is happening? Our enemy knows that he is not strong enough to destroy us. He is, however, conniving enough to manipulate us into destroying each other.

Unity: The Opposing Sides

There is an incredible amount of divisiveness bombarding us. There is constant pressure making us feel like we need to take sides. And if we try to actually listen to the other side, we may face ridicule by the side we are supposedly on. Wow, that’s confusing. Too many sides. I don’t know about you, but I don’t really fit on a side.

We face division politically..

If you are a democrat, you must want to kill all the unborn babies. If you are republican, you must be racist and sexist. If you are libertarian, you must…smoke pot?

We face division with parenting…

If you bottle feed, you must be selfish and not want to give of yourself. If you wear your baby, you must not be able to set boundaries. If you send your children to public school, you must not care about the influences on their life.

And of course, we face division spiritually…

Unity: Among Believers

In private. As Christians we are to point out to one another if we are living in sin. That truly is the loving thing to do, even though it is uncomfortable. This confrontation, however, is to be done in love, and directly to that individual.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

John 13:34-35

After listening. Before speaking, listening is essential. Make sure that all the information is known and understood. No one is able to judge, and condemn, when we are only getting our information from outside sources.

If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

Matthew 18:15-17

Unity: Even In Disagreements

But what if it’s not a sin issue? What if it is just a disagreement?

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

Romans 12:18

We are intricate creatures, each having different passions and perspectives. We are absolutely going to disagree. Maybe we just don’t need to battle it out on social media. However, if we do find ourselves debating in view of others, then it needs to be done with respect and love. We need to remember that people are watching our actions and reading our words.

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

John 13:35

Judgement will divide and destroy us from within. As followers of Christ, we are to live in unity by loving one another, even when we disagree. 

Unity: Ending the Judgement

Is it disagreeing, or judging?

In our culture right now we are so concerned with not offending people that we are more afraid than ever to disagree, but have never been more judgmental. Maybe, if we learn to understand people, and/or assume the best of them, we can get beyond ourselves and leave the judging thing to The Lord. After all, He’s the only one that truly knows our hearts anyways, right?

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

Matthew 7:1-2

For me, the best way to combat division (whether it’s from sin, a disagreement, or simply being judgmental) is to encourage the one I am “at odds” with.

The areas we need the most encouragement are the areas we are weakest in. Therefore, these areas are the most vulnerable to judgement because we are not doing them as well as we would like. Perhaps we need to encourage others to live with the qualities that truly matter:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23

When we see others struggling in these areas, let us speak words of encouragement to them, rather than tearing them down with ridicule. Instead of dumping shame on top of them, build them up in love. This is living in unity.

Judgement will divide and destroy us from within. As followers of Christ, we are to live in unity by loving one another, even when we disagree. 

All scriptures used is from the ESV

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Judgement will divide and destroy us from within. As followers of Christ, we are to live in unity by loving one another, even when we disagree. 

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Running…

It is tempting to run away from conflict, but God will meet us in the midst of it.
He will bond us together in love with others.

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Written by Rachael
Growing up, my mother constantly challenged me to stay calm, cool, and collected, despite the chaos around me. I have yet to accomplish this, but running and Jesus sure do help.

My “chaos” includes being a wife, a mom to 3 very active children, and an extremely hyper, fluffy, white dog that we call Miss Scarlet.

16 thoughts on “Unity: Not Allowing Division to Destroy Us From Within

  1. So true! “In our culture right now we are so concerned with not offending people that we are more afraid than ever to disagree, but have never been more judgmental.” We have stopped getting to know people as people and stopped asking “why” they do things that they do. Great reminders for us today!

  2. Agreed! Social media gives everyone an opportunity to share anything, and far too often Christians are sharing too much that I think closes them off from other Christians and non-believers.

    1. I feel embarrassed at how some Christians can be so hurtful with their words. I just keep thinking to myself that they surely don’t know the whole story.

  3. I appreciate that you looked at this from both sides. I find that most of the time, people discuss conflict and judgement as if we should never call out sin or wrong thinking. And then on the other side, people talk about judgement as if they themselves are the judge. Neither of those views are really accurate, and I am glad you took the time to promote both speaking the hard truths (in love), AND doing all we can to remain at peace with others 🙂

    1. It is definitely a difficult balance to hold, but it is so impressive to me when I see this being lived out in the lives of believers.

  4. My hubs and I have often discussed how we tend to have more free-flowing grace with non-believers…pretty much legitimizing the old adage that Christians shoot their wounded. We don’t want to look bad because we think it’s up to us to pedal the Gospel. How foolish, right? I heard DC Talk’s “What If I Stumble?” this morning and it goes along with this thought.

    I also love: “we are so concerned with not offending people that we are more afraid than ever to disagree, but have never been more judgmental.” Thanks for the slap in the face. Great reminder to be bold and stop navel gazing! XO

    1. Great point about having more grace with non-believers. I don’t disagree with that, I think we can’t hold non-believers to the same set of standards. But gosh-darn-it we all need grace!! And I am slapping myself, too. 😉

  5. I loved this post! I really like that you used the analogy that you did. When you said, “The areas we need the most encouragement are the areas we are weakest in. Therefore, these areas are the most vulnerable to judgement because we are not doing them as well as we would like” I couldn’t help but think of how true this is. We need to keep extending grace to others and to ourselves.

  6. Oh this is so good. I heard an analogy once that we must choose to fight the REAL enemy standing back to back with each other, protecting one another’s back. But so often we’re fighting each other leaving our backs exposed to the real enemy! Unity is SO important these days… Thank you for th reminder ❤️

  7. Thank you! A house divided cannot stand! We as Christians are a “house”, one body in Christ. I am tired of all of the division that the enemy is trying to bring into this house!

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