“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” – James 1:19-20

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First, I want to show some love, friends. Thank-you for reading and remaining a caring support for me in my journey. I appreciate you!!

I’m all for unity. I hate division. I love unity. I don’t like for there to be discord – especially among brothers and sisters in Christ.

As we all know, sometimes things happen that cause very hurt feelings and, in turn, cause hurtful words to be said. That’s a sure way to cause disunity. That’s exactly the opposite of what I strive for in life.

I want unity among family, unity among friends, and unity among believers. If I say or write something to which you disagree, it does not mean that we have to lash out at each other or seek to hurt one another with our words.

I don’t want to hurt you. I don’t want to see you hurt. We are friends. And we have to remember who the other is – the real person that they are. Let’s not be mean and nasty towards one another. If something happened to you, I would genuinely be sad and wouldn’t want negative feelings between us clouding that. Brothers or sisters in Christ should not act that way towards one another.

When things are said that can’t be taken back again, there’s nothing to do but to seek forgiveness and to move forward and try to heal the hurt. But we should stand united together in Christ and lay aside temporary matters of this world that won’t even matter when we stand together around the throne of God.

The Lord says that people will know His disciples by the love that they have for one another (John 13:35). We know that love is the perfect bond of unity (Col. 3:14). So then, we ought show Christian love for one another and not seek to hurt each other.

People who are or have once been close know how to easily anger each other. But, that doesn’t mean to go ahead and do it. We ought to strive to be loving. Let’s let go of the pain, forgive the hurtful words that were said, and press forward toward the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus (Phili. 3:13).

If we want unity –  and I hope that we all do – then we have to be willing to forget those things that are behind us and move forward to better things that are before us. Being and staying angry does not produce the righteousness of God (James 1:20). And, who wants conflict in their lives, anyway.

Let’s seek peace and pursue it. If you are at odds with someone, don’t hold on to whatever the issue is. Let it go. Let’s seek to be what God wants us to be. Can you imagine bowing before the throne of God next to someone you can’t stand or next to someone who you bad-mouthed to others or sought to hurt with your words or actions? I don’t think it works like that. That’s why we need to be united for the cause of Christ.
It’s His blood that makes us family.

And if you are not a part of the family, you can be. Believe in Jesus, repent of your sins, confess His name, and be baptized into Christ. The Lord will then adopt you into the family of God, and we can be one through Christ Jesus.

I don’t know about you, but I prefer unity over division any day. Let’s be one for Christ.

“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they may all 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.” – John 17:20-21

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