Christians are called to be soldiers. The Christian walk is often presented as spiritual warfare. Effective service calls for singleness of purpose. Like a single-minded soldier, we should respond to the orders of our commanding officer, the Lord Jesus, with unquestioning obedience. Through obedience we need to strive for unity. Unity needs to start in the home. Human history is a story of sin’s disruption of God’s ordained unity.
God’s ideal for marriage is for husband and wife to experience unity of life, “one flesh” as in Genesis 2:24. Sin in the garden bred mistrust and accusation. Stubbornness of will continues to disrupt God’s desired unity in marriage. God’s ideal for the larger human family is again unity.
Christian unity has various aspects. The shared experience of Christ as Lord and confession of Christ in baptism, the shared sense of mission (one mind), the shared concern for one another and the shared experience of suffering for Jesus’ sake.
Unity in the home prepares us for unity in the church and submitting to the authorities of the church. As seen in 1 Peter 3:1-12, the order in a married family’s home is clearly spelled out. Wives are commanded to place themselves willingly under the guidance of their husbands, living in such a way that their husbands will be challenged to live in obedience to God’s truth. Husbands should imitate the love of Christ. If a husband is to be a godly leader, he is to be a servant-leader. His role is to lead his wife, but to do so by taking everything about her into consideration and by using his position to give her the greatest opportunity to succeed. A husband who realizes that his wife is truly his own flesh will treat her with love and care.
Unity should always be manifested through humility. Philippians 2:2-3 tells us, “Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” Sometimes our biggest battles are not with our external circumstances, but with our internal attitudes.
UNITY is a powerful weapon.
Jackie, a dedicated nurse of 53 years, began her journey in sunny California before calling South Carolina home in 1999. Beyond her nursing career, she treasures her roles as a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her well-deserved retirement in June 2022 marked the end of a fulfilling vocation filled with compassion and connection. A survivor since 2004, she discovered her love for writing in 2006, believing her creative work is guided by a higher calling. Her story is one of perseverance, family, and spiritual inspiration. Don’t miss her latest book, Daughters of Destiny Volume 2, where she contributes her unique perspective to a compelling collection.