by Tammy Phillips
February 14, 2022
“Behold, how good and how pleasant [it is] For brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1 NKJV)
I had laundry that needed to be folded before we left for a long day of a string of events, a celebratory breakfast, a lunch reception, two basketball games and “a date-night” dinner in Nashville. I flipped on the television to distract me into speed folding the mound of laundry on our bed. I caught the tail end of a movie. There were some obvious conflicts at the wedding, particularly with the best man and the groom. I believe that the best man chose not to disclose a secret that would have destroyed the groom’s wedding. In the close, it seemed that they all made peace. The movie ended with the entire cast of the wedding doing the electric slide. It was in that moment that Holy Spirit went to work to teach me more about unity.
Unity or the word united literally means to be one; a unit; a junction; altogether; joined together. In the dance despite their many differences. They chose forgiveness. The chose love. They moved as one, individually, yet altogether. It was beautiful. It was smooth. It was easy. Their focus was not on what divided them, but what was most important, love. And love conquered. “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1Pe 4:8 NIV)
The LORD wove each of us together, various colors and yet created us to be one person.
“For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb. My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth.” (Ps. 139:13,15)
He is weaving the body of Christ together in the same way. We are all various colors, red, yellow, black, brown, beige, and white. I am visual. The Lord showed me the other day that He is preparing and weaving us in to one perfect bride of various colors. Do you know what color pure light is? Light is a spectrum combination of seven colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Light is all the colors of the rainbow. It is not black. It is not white. It is all colors. He is weaving the bride together just like He wove us individually together.
The Lord calls us to walk in Light, to be a light and to reflect Him. He calls us to walk in unity. Ephesians 4:1-6 tells us so,
“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. [There is] one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.” (Eph 4:1-6 NKJV)
When we walk in unity bearing one another in love, no matter our differences, we become the one beautiful dance, the one beautiful body, separate but acting and moving as one. We become the bride that Christ is waiting on and then there will be no holding him back.
Our country was created in the same manner as our bodies. We are called the United States of America. We are fifty individual states and when we move as One, we are a force to be reckoned with. Currently, we are divided on so many factions. We are even divided on how and why our America was created. We were created one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. We allowed God to be taken out of so many things in our nation. We are divided. We are losing our liberties. And justice for all is not a dream but reality if we bow our knees and submit to God alone. He is the only answer for our states to be united and to move as one again.
What a great picture! We all stop, put aside our differences and be the UNITED STATES, one nation under God, doing the electric slide altogether. Choosing forgiveness. Choosing love.
“You can’t see it. It’s electric! You gotta feel it. It’s electric… I’ve got to move. I’m going on a party ride. I’ve got to groove, groove, groove, and from this music I just can’t hide. Are you comin’ with me? Come let me take you on a party ride. And I’ll teach you, teach you, teach you…I’ll teach you the electric slide…” -Marcia Griffiths
I enCOURAGE you to make today a day of love, set aside your differences and choose love. It IS your choice. You do not always have to be right. You do not always have to win. I promise you, neither you, nor I know everything. I do know that everybody wants to be loved. If we would just choose love over all the hate that is being stirred…just get back in the groove…“It would be electric. Boogie woogie, woogie…” Start today and then try it again tomorrow and the next day…and so on. It all starts with being united with the Lord Jesus Christ. If you are not with Him, choose Him today. Pray this prayer with me.
“Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.” (Psalm 86:11 KJV) Teach me to love like You. Teach me to forgive like You and live like you. Teach me to see like You. Heal me. Heal our marriages. Heal our families, churches, cities, counties, states, our nation. Teach us to be one. Teach us to do Your “electric slide,” so we can slide on into being the glorious bride that you are waiting for. It is all for Your glory. Amen
“Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!” (Romans 12:16 NLT)
“For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be [in the likeness] of [His] resurrection,” (Romans 6:5 NKJV