After watching yet another heated exchange on social media today, and experiencing that same angst internally during this season, I felt the nudging of the Holy Spirit. Not only did I feel personally convicted, but also intrigued about this discord that is so common these days. In the store, in families, in church bodies, between friends and throughout every aspect of our media experience; there is dis-unity, dis-cord, dis-dain.
My eyes read through the text, fervently scanning both the words and my own heart for the resolution to the dis-solution.
If you're like me, my flesh deems resolution in a logical sense; "black and white" thinking challenged might be our unofficial diagnosis. It's either right, or it ain't (kinda like that grammar just made you uncomfortable; see what I did there?) So to satisfy our thinking a situation must be good or bad, fixed or broken, problematic or solution oriented. But want happens when there is no clear resolution, no middle ground, then what? A fight to the death, each half tearing apart the whole?
Matthew 12:25 says "Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand."
The Holy Spirit is showing us that the wisdom is not in seeking resolution forsaking all costs to the body. After all, rooting out the enemy sure leaves gaping wounds in the body. Even Jesus advised to leaving the tares among the wheat that the wheat may come to full maturity before the harvest (Matt. 13.)
Instead, He is instructing us that the best resolution to our dis-solutions lay in the resolve of unity within the body.
Remaining united as the bride of Christ sure requires much more spiritual fruit than the dangerous game of "seek and destroy" that us black and white thinkers tend to succumb to. I fully implicate myself in repentance with that remark! It will take the resolve for unity, not just resolutions, for us to maintain the health of the body of Christ. And what repentance it takes to lay not only our own wrongs, but our perceptions of the wrongs of others at His feet as well. It will take patience, long-suffering, and self-control in the middle ground, as we claim the righteousness not of us, but of Christ! The Lord doesn't want to just make things "right" with us, He wants us to surrender those things and people we feel are so "wrong" before His everlasting throne!
For these dis-solutions, the only resolution is the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and not necessarily our earthly concept of self righteousness resolutions.
God bless you and keep you in perfect peace that surpasses the understanding of our minds,