By Becky Payne
As I opened my FaceBook news feed yesterday I was bombarded with images and memories of people reminiscing about where they were 18 years ago when our country was attacked by terrorists. As I scrolled through numerous posts, the theme that was repeated over and over again was “We will not forget”. Many will remember those who lost their lives, the terrorism that caused it, and the sacrifice that many gave in efforts to save others; however I think that we often forget what happened over the next few weeks/months after the attacks. Through these awful events, people were united together. And, in those few weeks, the world was a more peaceful place as people joined together and loved each other.
As I was writing this blog I realized that UNITED Flight 93 was the only plane that did not reach its intended target. Why is that? I am sure there are many reasons, but one thing we know is how the people on this plane joined together and united as one to take on the terrorists. Even though they sacrificed their lives, their bravery and unity saved the lives of many people. I believe that their flight name is very fitting for those who were UNITED on Flight 93.
On 9/11/01 and the weeks that followed people joined together to help those in need, loving each other. For a short time, our country was united across race, religion, gender, political party, and age. Sadly that spirit of unity has worn off, moving us further and further away, to the point where people are tearing each other apart for the sake of their religious or political beliefs. This is causing our country and the church to fracture from within.
What Christ came to unite together is being splintered apart! Many Christians have missed the mark of what Jesus taught and lived out...loving others and working to draw all people to him. I believe that God is saddened when His children live contrary to His word. As a Christ follower, we are called to obey God’s Word in all things.
Psalm 133:1 & 3b says: How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!...For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.
Ephesians 4:1-3 states, As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
Colossians 3:14 says And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
According to these verses, living in unity is many things...It is good and pleasant; it leads to peace; and it is bound together by love.
Can you imagine a world that is bound by love, filled with peace and that is good and pleasant? Try unity! When we unite together our lives and the world is a much better place!
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