Unity is a word that we all theoretically embrace, well as long as you agree with my standards and values, of course. But, it is a legitimate prerequisite. However, we cannot agree with all the thoughts and behaviors of everyone.
There are many things of which I could not take part, such as stealing or killing. No, I want no part of that, and there are many other such activities as well.
Jesus requires us to live at peace with all men, "so much as lies within you." He also said, "How can two walk together unless they agree?" Agreement is the requirement.
Ideally, there would be unity in all the Earth, and that will come to pass when The Lord Jesus rules in the Earth. In the present time we live by His instructions and are then covered by His Hand.
It becomes clear that one cannot walk 'with' everyone in this world in agreement. Therefore, we have the command to separate ourselves from those who are doing activities of which God disapproves.
That is not a huge problem; the world is a big place and we have access to separate ourselves from those with whom we cannot agree in almost all the locations where we live; almost, except in our homes.
It is not a thing to be allowed that a family try to live together when they are in opposition to each other. Disagreement is a divider.
When the religious zealots of the Jews accused Jesus of casting out devils by the power of the devil, Jesus used a little mental math with them saying, "That a house divided against itself cannot stand, but will fall." He said, "If the devil casts the devil out, how then can his kingdom stand?"
I guess they realized to leave off that argument because it does not correctly compute.
Many married couples struggle with disagreements and it continues for years, while they are hoping to finally work out a real relationship. That is as ridiculous as thinking the devil would cast the devil out. That is as unthinkable as to think that an ant could move a transfer truck by its strength. Observe the facts. Disunity is never going to unite.
When there is one, or both of the spouses that refuses to get counseling, or to live within a specified set of behaviors, and do it with a graceful agreement, both of them should realize that they are wasting their time in an effort to build a lasting relationship.
The Bible says that where "dissention" exists there also exists every other evil work. Pointedly, when we agree to live in that kind atmosphere, we have opened the doors of our home to the work of the devil, and do not for one moment think he will not use the opportunity and destroy the marriage and the lives of the children involved.
Children cannot grow healthily in the soil of anger and accusation, bitterness and quarrels.
Of course, the agreed upon set of behaviors must be the healthy and holy ones, because other behaviors are ultimately destructive.
If your home is less than agreeable why not get a new key made for your front door and call it, "Agreement" keyed by Jesus?
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