Division starts early almost from the cradle–“My mother’s prettier than yours, my father’s stronger than yours.” It doesn’t stop with toddlers it spills over into childhood–“Boys are better than girls, my teacher’s better than yours, and gymnastics are better than dance.” Unfortunately the teenage years seem to accelerate division almost to an art form–popular verses unpopular, athletes verses band members, and the list goes on and on. You would think once we reached adulthood we’d know better–not so–stay-at-home moms verses moms who work outside the home, public school verses home-schooling, and you get the picture. The serpent’s crafty (Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made… Genesis 3:1) he desires to keep us divided, division breeds discord–active quarreling, lack of of agreement, conflict. Division renders us ineffective, powerless, unproductive, and fruitless–barren.
Satan must get a chuckle at how easy it is for him to keep us divided, since we do most of the work for him. Why do we spend so much time pitting ourselves against one another?We must remember that our battle is not against each other it’s against the powers of darkness. If we’d put as much energy into loving one another, as we do finding fault, just think what a different world we would live in.
If we want to crush the serpent and take back this world for Christ, we must unite not divide. Unity puts us on the same page, same accord–to agree, to become one, to bring into harmony, and to be a force to be reckoned with. We are able to love our neighbors (The second is equally important important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:31) those near and those around the world. We are able to bring hope, shed light on a world filled with darkness–pain, suffering–and in desperate need of a Savior. “You are the light of the world–like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:14-15.