Jesus said, “A house divided cannot stand.”
God is building his house by placing living stones upon the cornerstone of Christ. When we
fit together, this house stands firm. Yet, divisions and quarrels are sending cracks up and
down the walls of the Church. Have we in our arrogance caused rifts that impede God’s
work on Earth? Are we contributing to destructive, corrosive currents that seek to bring
collapse? Or are we pulling together to build up the Church, working with Jesus to unify his Body and accomplish his will on Earth?
How can we have a dynamic impact for Christ in this world when we are at odds with one
Starting today can we treat our brothers and sisters in Christ with more compassion and
understanding? Will we show the world how much Jesus loves by loving one another like
he loves us? Are we willing to intentionally engage in the process of forgiving and
reconciling with those who have hurt us?
Are you praying for all your brothers and sisters in Christ? What about those who oppress
or slander or reject you? We have been forgiven for many horrible sins – including
crucifying the One who came to save us. How then can we refuse to forgive one another?
Unity and diversity are not incompatible. Every member of Christ’s Body has a distinct
purpose, and we all have unique gifts to offer. Each of us contributes something important, even essential, to the Body’s overall health.
Could it be that neither I nor you have a perfect understanding of God? Should we not,
then, accept each other with our differences? Perhaps we need to focus more on working
together to build up the Kingdom and on sharing Christ with those who don’t know him.
Can you hear the Father calling out to us all? “Come together my children and be
united in love. Be at peace with one another.” It is my prayer that Christ will draw us
closer to each other as he draws us closer to himself.
Father God, make us a functional family – walking together with Jesus – united in our love
for You and seeing each other through Your eyes of love.