Unity or Dissension

Posted by on November 5, 2011

What a shame it is to observe those who proclaim their faith and their victory in Jesus, be the first to demonstrate discord and separation from those Christ deeply loves and is working His healing and personal convictions.

No Christian has an easy road to travel to the kingdom. I am daily reminded of my need to humble myself before God and man. We cannot expect to magically arrive in the kingdom of heaven one day without being taught by our heavenly father, the importance of unity and peace which comes directly from Jesus.

When we are in disagreement, victims of offense, or initiators of discord we need to instantly call upon Jesus for divine guidance, His comforting love and His strength to make right … intended or unintended harm to His precious children. We often forget the sensitive aspects of how we were created. Especially when we are in disagreement. It is so crucial that we consider the feelings of others as though we were feeling their pain personally.

Christian author Ellen White said; “Press together, is the command I hear from the Captain of our salvation. Press together. Where there is unity, there is strength. All who are on the Lord’s side will press together. There is need of perfect unity and love among believers in the truth, and anything that leads to dissension is of the devil. The Lord designs that his people shall be one with Him as the branches are one with the vine. Then they will be one with each other.” —Letter 6, 1899. {3SM 352.1}

“Dissension is of the devil.”  How quickly we come into his captivity without even realizing it. How long many are comfortable residing in discord, disagreement and the damage it exhibits. The counsel from God is clear.  Our God is one who tells us to keep our minds, decision making and our actions, stayed upon Him.  Proverbs 19:20 says:“Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days.”

and Proverbs 27:17 says: “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”

We cannot expect to stay sharp unless we are honest with one another. But only for the cause of unification. Not division. We must be so very careful in our interactions as faith believers to promote love and everything that represents the character of the one who has commissioned us.

“Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.” Romans 16:17

I have observed and experienced the self-righteousness of others to a painful degree. But the more important lesson I am learning is to not become part of that dysfunction. While ill at ease feelings of discord and dissension might be  pressed upon me; I have a choice given to me by God as to whether or not I accept that discord or become acutely aware of the peace and safety that Jesus my savior promises me.

I need to walk in the light of Jesus continuously. Listen to His counsel and listen to the counsel of others, but only let it affect me when it is given under the influence of the Holy Spirit. Discernment is so very important as Satan creeps around like a lion ready to devour me and shift my focus off of Jesus onto self and the despair that might be currently imposed upon me.

The walk with the savior must always be guarded. At times of peace and contentment we might be easily subject to pride and self glorification. At times of despair we might be focused inwardly and affected by being distraught and failing to see the light and healing hand of Jesus.

I would like to challenge anyone who is reading to look to Jesus as your example. Would He harbor discord? Would He distance Himself  to impose guilt, discord, shame and dissension?  Or would He seek opportunity to lift one another up in love and concern?  Would He look for acts of kindness and ways that would enhance our walk and fill us with the Joy of the Lord?  How much more healing and comforting His ways are to all believers.

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