Bonded | Devotion #1: Unity
Mark O’Connor | Student Director
Have you ever disagreed with someone who is very close to you? Chances are yes. Do you let those hang out there for awhile or do you address them quickly?
If you pay close attention to my wife and me, you will have a hard time ever seeing more than a moment of annoyance on either of our faces that is as a result of either one of us. That does not mean you will not see moments of annoyance on my face, seeing as I have three kids in their teens at the time of this writing. Oh, and there is the little fact that I work with the teens in this church.
That also does not mean that we agree on everything all the time. We have our differences of opinion. But we always rally around Jesus. We do the same thing with our children. We mess up as parents; they make mistakes as kids. At the end of the day though, we know that if we are not together in unity as man and wife, we cannot be together as a family. We are warned of this in 1 Peter. We are warned to be like-minded.
Ephesians 6:4 tells us not to provoke anger, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Psalm chapter 133 verse 1 tells us how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity, “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!”]
Unity in the home creates peace. Unity in Christ in the home creates peace and purpose. When the whole family is in on the same cause, to glorify God, it is a beautiful thing to witness and live.
Parents: stay together. Do not let disagreements or differences in personality hang out there and let them cause long-lasting strife and division between you. The same goes for your kids. Sure, they are going to do things that annoy and anger you. Talk to them. Let them talk to you without you showing anger. Practice showing each other just a little bit of the grace that Jesus has shown us.
Kids: Believe it or not, whether they are using the best tactics or not, they do want the best for you. Practice patience and use them to help you navigate this world in which you live. I tell my kids all the time, do not be like your mother and me, we want you to be better. Use Jesus as the bar you set for yourself.
Unity in the family starts with being rooted and united in the cause of Christ and nowhere else.