Perfect Unity - In My Lifetime? - Dana Shadid

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues, put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (Colossians 3:12 - 14 NIV)

What a world we live in now. Seems like I say that at least once a day. Unfortunately, I don't say it with joy. It is usually more with sadness. And that sadness is in large part due to the lack of unity I see in the world. We know better. We know we are united in our love for Jesus Christ and we should be living our lives accordingly. BUT, unity gets lost amongst our marital differences, our religious differences, our political differences, our racial differences, and unfortunately, the list seems to go on and on. We seem to be more united around the things that divide us than what brings us together --- love for Christ and love for one another. This makes me sad. It sometimes makes me so sad I feel physically ill when I see the divisions that exist around me --- between family members, neighbors, colleagues, friends.

I know from personal experience it can be very difficult to rise above these divisions and focus on those things that might bring us together. What common ground do we share? How can I overcome this anger I feel and take my feelings to that higher level we are called to take? Do I have to apologize to someone for something I've said or done? "Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another." We know better! We have all been taught to be better!

So during this season of Lent, I will try to "let the peace of Christ rule" in my heart and I encourage others to do the same. Work to build unity --- in your home, your community, your world! Put on LOVE and bind with others in perfect unity! God has called us to make his world a more perfect union. 

Holy God, Give us the strength and patience to work toward a world of peace, love, and unity. Amen.

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