“And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4: 16
America is deeply divided and even Christians could not come together to decide which candidate would be best to lead the country last November. The anger and hatred of the Obama years spilled over into social media during the primary season and continues to this day on various sites. Never before had so many diverse issues come to bear on one presidential election and never before were people as concerned about which direction the country was taking. The country was then and still is steeped in fear.
As Christians we are taught to have faith in God and not to fear. However, can any of us say we have never dealt with fear? Probably not, and I think most of us would agree it’s also not the best time to make a decision. Fear can be debilitating and can cause us to do what we would never do otherwise. It can turn us away from God and one another. This is precisely why we are admonished in God’s Word not to fear. Love abides and fear divides because “there is no fear in love” as written in 1 John 4: 18.
Our divisions are deep and the Church is not unified. However, is this the Lord’s desire? Not if we believe what Jesus prayed in John 17:21 “that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
The Trinity always functions as One and there has never been a disagreement. If we look to this as our example, we will see that it is in unity things get accomplished. As I prayed about these things I knew I had to look within myself. To be honest I had to repent before the Lord for more than one thing said, done or written. If I was to move forward in my relationship with the Lord and in His plan for my life I had to be honest. This meant letting go of any ill feelings and unforgiveness I carried toward anyone who disagreed with me, or worse; who I trusted and I thought had betrayed me, whether real or imagined.
The Lord is returning soon and as written in Ephesians 5: 26 and 27 “ that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” That’s quite a task the Lord has set before us. So, how do we get there? Unless we show God’s love to one another how will the world know Him, for as written in 1 John 4: 16 “God is love”?
How can we preach forgiveness when we fail to forgive one another? We can’t and these are part and parcel of what I’ve been thinking about since the November election. For sure we’re not perfect, we are always going to have our own opinions and not be in complete agreement on everything. However, we should be able to come together under Love’s Banner to accomplish God’s plan in our own lives and for His purpose in the earth. It is written in Isaiah 51:7 “Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, you people in whose heart is My law: Do not fear the reproach of men, Nor be afraid of their insults.”
If we really desire to be a part of The Third Great Awakening for which we have prayed we are going to have the faith of Abraham, the courage of David and the compassion of Jesus. It is then the Lord can use us as His vessels. I recently heard someone say the Awakening must begin first with us. May it be so Lord, in Jesus Name. Amen.
By Ronni K. aka sjmom