The devil hates unity.
He hates covenant.
He hates the very things that God loves.
“How good and how pleasant it is when God’s people dwell together in unity.” God loves unity. Like a good father, He rejoices and releases blessings when His kids are living lives that promote it.
The word for devil is diablo, it literally means to put a wedge between, basically one who brings division. The devil has no new tricks up his sleeve just the same old ones that have been working from the beginning: dividing people and then conquering the purposes of God.
Often it is hard for any one of us to see beyond our own lives, our own problems and what we are going through; however, the good news of Jesus was the announcement of a greater reality. The reality that the King is here to make wrong things right, crooked things straight, and broken things whole.
One of the things we will all fight against in this life will be division. Coming into agreement with the evil one with his plan to divide homes, churches, friendships, and work environments.
I have found it incredibly life-giving to realize that this life is bigger than me. It is bigger than what I am going through and what is happening to me. For me to take life personal and give into the enemy’s tactics of trying to get me to see others for less than the value that Jesus has for them completely rips God of receiving the glory due to His name.
I have walked through a lot of hard situations: friendly fire, gossip, slander, and have received countless invitations from the enemy to partner with him against someone. However, early in my walk with Jesus I made a choice to say no to division and yes to unity.
Contrary to the popular belief in some circles, unity is not agreement. You may not always agree on everything or see things eye to eye (basically marriage 101) but we still can have genuine love for one another. May we never allow what we are going through with someone give us the excuse to see them for less than the value that Jesus places on their life (that He would die on the cross for them). When we see people for less than who they are in God it gives the enemy a foothold and all sorts of problems can begin.
Remember, unity is a BIG deal, it was literally the last thing Jesus prayed about that was recorded in Scripture:
“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. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.”
When I read John 17 I see the heartbeat of God through Jesus when He prayed that His people would have unity and through that unity the world would know Him.
Today is a new day in Jesus and I vote we choose unity. If we need to forgive someone so we can get a new lens for seeing them as God sees them then lets do it. Today is a day we get to say no the enemy and yes to a Father who loves unity from homes to work environments.