28 August 2012

Discord vs Unity

It's good to be back here.  Writing again.  So many things to share as a delightfully busy summer comes to a close.  But I will focus on only one.

I like comparison/contrast sorts of things and recently I am fascinated with a verse from Proverbs and a verse from Psalms that form two ends of a supernatural beginning.  A stark contrast.

The one says there are six things God hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him.  The seventh one being those that sow discord among the brethren.  The other says, where the brethren dwell in unity, the Lord commands the blessing forevermore.

I don't know about you, but, I prefer to be in the latter group.  I have long loved unity and the Body of Christ.  It is no secret that I get a super charge just having opportunity to watch the Body work together to accomplish the work of the ministry. That not mentioning the pure delight of being a part of that Body!   Having been around such things for a number of years now, I have witnessed both ends of the spectrum.

On the one end, there are those who know they have been ordained by God for a supernatural life, and yet, live in a constant cycle of fears and feelings of inadequacies that compel them to sow discord among the brethren.  On the other end, there are those who know they have been ordained by God for a supernatural life, and live in a constant cycle of drawing others into the joy of their salvation, compelled toward the unity of the brethren and the blessings contained therein.

Those with position in ministry can find themselves struggling when the Lord brings new people into their midst or raises up one already among them.  Suddenly, they may find themselves fighting to maintain positions and relationships they believe are about to be taken from them.  Others find themselves delighting in the opportunity to add to relationships and link up with new gifts and talents to further the Kingdom.

The truth is, Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy.  The Godhead comes to give life and life more abundantly.  In short, the enemy brings lack, God brings abundance.  Where there is lack or perceived lack of value, in a person, the enemy is at work.  If his works are not destroyed, there is dread of what lies ahead. God is love and love always multiplies, most often it multiplies exponentially.  Confidence in the Lord and His workings will produce excitement in what is to come.  God adds people to a group in order to multiply Himself.  In order to multiply Love.  However, those struggling with insecurities also struggle to take their seat with Jesus, making it impossible to see from proper perspective.  Instead they see subtraction.  Specifically, deletion of self.  A devaluing of themselves, in relationships, or their role in ministry.  The resulting jealousies produce a life of their own.

A life of theft, death, and destruction that seeks to remove the perceived threat by stealing joy, killing excitement and destroying character.  Those caught in jealousy and the like, fail to see the goodness of God in the gift He has given them.  Those confident in who they are and what they were created for, will place high value on people and their relationships.  They will offer respect and honor to appointed positions, resulting in a pure love that edifies, exhorts and comforts the Body as it goes through new growing pains.

One will manipulate conversation in order to discredit with slanderous whispers. This one will exalt self with condescending attitude and attempt to intimidate in a myriad of ways.  The other seeks to listen with compassion, to speak with wisdom and to give preference to another.  This one strengthens the weak and encourages the faint.

We have the opportunity to sow discord or unity as we co-labor in the Kingdom.  Grace enables us to see from heaven's perspective.  A child of God will hear His voice saying "this is the way, walk in it..."  Search your own heart as you ask the Lord to search you as David did, to see if there be any wicked way in you.  Repent as needed and enjoy the gift of fellowship with the brethren.  May your unity bring the blessing of the Lord, forever!

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