Today’s reading: I Corinthians 1, 2, 3, Proverbs 6
I Cor. 1:10 – Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
Unity is a rare, but powerful commodity. God tells us in His Word that nothing will be restrained from a group of people who are walking in unity – Gen. 11:6. The walls of Jericho fell down flat when the children of Israel were unified in silence for six days followed by a great shout in unison.
The Holy Spirit was poured out in power on the day of Pentecost when 120 were in one accord in an upper room in prayer. Great things happen when God’s people come together in one heart, mind, and purpose. Jesus even prayed that we would be one as He and the Father are one.
Yet this is not a common trait of our culture. Independence, second guessing, and arm-chair quarterbacking are held as virtues in our society. We feel entitled to distrust leaders and question their motives. Certainly a few bad leaders in our nation and the church have given us reason to be suspicious and gun-shy about trusting others in authority.
But unity can never be achieved attempting to protect ourselves from bad decisions by bad leaders. I have served on a number of boards with different by-laws and organizational structures. Some have been good and some not so good. When several thinking people get together to discuss a new idea, a new program, or a significant financial commitment in their organization they are seldom all in agreement at the beginning.
How can we move to a place of unity whenever opposing opinions exist in a leadership group, our workplace, or in our marriage relationship? It starts by a commitment to unity in that relationship or organization. If the elders or board members I am serving with disagree with my position I will share with conviction the reasons why I think we should make a certain decision. Then I will listen with an open heart to each of their positions. When the final decision is made each of us must commit to “owning” that decision if we are going to walk in real unity.
We must commit to speak the same thing when we leave that meeting even if we did not agree with the decision. The same principle works in our marriage relationship. Once discussion and consideration of a decision has occurred and the decision has been made each spouse must leave that place of decision in harmony. It is ok to share your disagreement while the decision is under consideration but not after it has been made.
Our commitment to unity is more important than being right about a certain decision. Lack of unity and harmony in marriage, in the workplace, in church, or in a leadership role gives greater place to the enemy than an imperfect decision. Determine to be an answer to Jesus’ prayer for unity instead of being an instrument of the enemy to foster division!