When accused of casting out demons by demonic forces, Jesus replied that “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand” (Matthew 12:25 ESV). This same truth applies to the Kingdom of God. When we are united, we stand. When we are divided, we fall.
Such unity, of course, takes work. We will have misunderstandings and disagreements. Or viewpoints and outlooks can differ tremendously. Through it all, it is vital that we work toward unity and peace. Differences between members of the family of God are just that- differences. In the end, every believer’s goal must be unity, love, and glory to the name of Jesus. Don’t get confused- your brother, your sister, they are not the enemy. They are family.
Jesus tells us this very truth in the same chapter of Matthew: “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother” (v. 50, ESV). We can disagree on what direction to take or even on what God’s will is, but in the end we all must either come into agreement, our at least agree to disagree, maintaining a spirit of love, kindness, and grace for one another through it all. Our work for the Lord is too important to have it any other way. Our family in Christ is too important for us to act any differently.
Lord, help me to maintain the unity of Spirit through the bond of peace. Help me to always keep Your Kingdom in my view and to love in the midst of differences or disagreements. Help me always to remember the importance of what binds us over the temporary things that divide us. Amen.