Today’s Scripture: That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. John 17:21

“This dress makes me look fat!” the wife exclaimed as she threw another outfit on the bedroom floor. “I’m really stressed out about this meeting, and honestly, I just need a compliment to make me feel better.”

Tired of all the female drama and at the end of his patience, the husband replied: “Honey, have I ever told you that of all the women in the world, of all the birds in the sky, of all the fish in the sea, you have the most perfect…eyesight?”

Let me tell you one thing. I can assure you that after that “compliment” that couple was miles away from finding unity. In fact, I think that may have been just the switch to flip to turn on a heated argument.

Who enjoys being around a family that doesn’t get along? No one wants to be sitting at a table with people who are arguing-not even the family dog. So who wants to be around a Christian like that? Unity, especially in our families, will help the world believe that Jesus is God and that Christianity is not a joke. The world sees marriages and families disintegrate every single day. What is truly a unique, special sight is a family that loves the Lord and loves each other. We need to make God the center of our relationships. If we do that, our words and actions will be governed by the Father rather than by our feelings.

Believer, how are your children going to want to attend church if you and your spouse argue the entire way home from church? When you sit around the kitchen table and bash the pastor and his wife, what is going to cause your kids to respect them or the ministry? It is time to think about these things and consider whether your words and actions are causing your family to be unified or to become un-tied.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.