Imagine being in a fierce battle.
The enemy is pursuing your team and everyone is in their position standing shoulder to shoulder with shields lifted in defense.
You look to your left and notice the person you’re standing next to is someone you don’t get along with, someone who has hurt you. What would you do?
a. Keep your shield up and forgive them from your heart because unity is more important
b. Put your shield down and face that person to argue and make a point
What you do will determine the health and welfare of the rest of your comrades.
When we remain in our position in Christ, in unity with our shields of faith lifted, we can stop the fiery darts of the evil one.
Conversely, if we choose to put our shield of faith down to fight against our brethren, we leave an open gap and the fiery darts of the evil one causes division, strife, and destruction.
It only takes one.
One person to put their shield of faith down to cause a division, or one person to cover the ‘gap’ by forgiving and loving no matter what.
Remember the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, “If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.”
As a commUNITY of believers we must remain in our positions in Christ and keep our shields of faith up so we may be one.
Unity (εἷς): one.
Unity begins with God. Come to Jesus Christ and know He has prayed this on your behalf:
“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.” (John 17:22-23)
“Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.” 1 Corinthians 1:10