I write to you with a heavy heart this morning. My heart is heavy because I have been praying for the same thing daily for three years, and I’m not seeing much improvement as of yet. It’s a prayer for unity within the Church, and I’m not seeing much progress yet. It grieves me to see how fragmented the Church is and how few people even seem to care.
Oh, how it must grieve the heart of God to see the fragmentation within His beloved Church – the bride of Christ! How are we, as one people, to present ourselves as one Bride when we cannot get along with one another? We are so determined to “be right” that we overlook the commands to be unified:
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” ~ Ps. 133:1
“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” ~ John 17:22-23
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” ~ Eph. 4:3
Why is it that God prioritizes unity and yet we, as Christians, care more about “being right?” Why are we willing to throw away unity in the pursuit of getting our own way – the type of music we like, or the sermon topic that we prefer, or the color carpeting in the sanctuary we deem best? Oh, how God’s heart must break to see division within His beloved Church as we bicker in the same way that the world does … or even worse! I actually find leading worldly volunteers to be easier than leading Christians because Christians expect to be extended grace whereas those in the world know that only so much dissension will be tolerated. How it must grieve God to see worldly pursuits accomplished with greater unity than His own Church!
To be continued…
[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace frowning inside a broken heart. Courtesy Bitmoji.]