May 21

You who Love the lord, hate evil!  Psalm 97:10 NKJV

But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.  Ephesians 4:15

I was pleased to see that Ephesians 4 is about unity, something we need to be reminded of, especially at this time where division seems to be everywhere we look. It might be helpful to remember that division — whether it’s based on politics, religion, or any other personal beliefs — is (unfortunately) as old as mankind and seemingly impossible to get rid of.  It only seems to be more widespread now in the age of social media. For example, a hurtful comment posted on Twitter by an average, not famous person, can still become a trending topic around the world – and something new to be outraged about – in a single day.

Not all division is bad, and differing opinions can lead to better understanding if minds and the lines of communication are opened and if the discussion can be done with civility and mutual respect, or as Paul himself said in his letter to the Ephesians:

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace. (Ephesians 4: 1-3) 

I recently heard that some social media websites are considering adding a function that will ask you before you post “are you sure you want to share this”? Maybe that’s something we need in our everyday lives, and not just in social media, in a step toward kindness and greater understanding for one another. 

Heavenly Father, we thank you for your great love and kindness to us all. Please guide our words that we might communicate with others with a willingness to understand and listen with the goal of a peaceful world.  Open our ears and our hearts and help us to work together to solve problems. Amen

Peace

Lynda Tysdal