Disunity- the state of not being able to agree about important things : lack of unity
1 Corinthians 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
Unity is key in church ministry. Over the past five years of church planting, I think the devil's favorite, prized arrow is disunity. It scores the most points and penetrates the most. The bible speaks so clearly on the power and importance of unity. Unfortunately, the devil is well aware of that, and knows what can be accomplished when a group of people are of one mind and one accord.
As beautiful as unity is, disunity comes dressed in deceit. Before we know it, the once unified church is caught in a storm of disharmony. A few years back our worship leader's wife and I had been ripped in two of disunity. The devil knew if he could disunite us, then he could disunite our husbands, and if he could disunite our husbands then the church would ultimately be affected by it. You see, when an arrow is shot it doesn't affect just the place it is shot, it affects the entire body.
Unity among church can accomplish anything, but disunity causes destruction. And, boy.. did it. His arrow was nothing personal, it was strictly business. However, I didn't see the arrow as business, I saw it as personal. I was hurt, she was hurt, we were all hurt. Unfortunately, disunity came and we let it. We let it grow and plant its weeds deep in our church. The weeds started choking out flowers, and people started leaving an eventually the weeds cleared out everyone who couldn't bare the battle anymore.
Eventually we had to go through and garden out the last of the weeds, and allow God to replant, regrow and water his church again. Fortunately, we saw the arrow for what it was before the last few flowers in the garden died. What was almost a successful arrow of destruction in disunity, God redeemed and saved.
Unity is beauty, but disunity is ugly. When the arrows of disunity come, we have to recognize them for what they are. They aren't personal, just business. We have to be ready at all times in this call to pastor's wife. The devil knows who we are and the importance of our call. We must realize who he is and the game he plays, so we can recognize when his arrows are shot.
xo a girl who sleeps with the pastor