United We Stand. The word “united” has different meanings in different circumstances. Basically it means “to come together” for a common cause or action. Here are some examples of how it is used to describe countries: United Arab Emirates (a country in Easten Arabia on the Persian gulf); United Arab Republic (old name of Egypt); United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland); United Nations (International organization of nations for peace and security); and, last but not least, the United States of America.
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” ~ Psalm 133.1 (KJV)
I’ve been reading Last Hope Island’s description of the diaspora of heads of state to Great Britain during World War II, and countless foreign fighters who helped save the island from the Third Reich. Despite cultural and political differences, Poles, Czecks, Belgians, Dutch, Norwegians, French and others gathered in one last-ditch effort after the Nazi machine had overrun their own countries.
“Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” ~ Ephesians 4:3 (KJV)
Many overcame legitimate grievances to stand against the Reich. With Hitler’s forces poised to rule all of Europe, what good would it do to nurse grudges? In some cases, foreigners had to overcome British commanders’ reticence to employ the expertise they brought—a bitter pill to swallow. But Polish pilots, for example, still made a pivotal contribution.
My morning twelve-step reading pointed out the same attitude . . . when people experience a mutual, deeply felt need, differences can be surmounted. The “can do” attitude of the beleaguered British united one and all. The united effort helped in the effort to stop the Reich.
The book of Acts reveals a similar occurrence as believers found their footing after the Resurrection. People of many languages and cultures melded together as they united to spread the best possible news, and Peter experienced a vision telling him Gentiles were welcome.
More than ever, we need modern-day forums for the unity he encourages in his writing: “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” ~ 1 Peter 3:8 (NIV)
Heart”wings” – a women’s fellowship (the group that this blog represents) and other similar venues provide exactly this, and I’m grateful for the open door extended to members worldwide within this group. We stand together in loving support for one another, our hearts firmly united by our love of God.
Can you share some examples of unity in your life and how it is helpful to you? Does it strengthen you in any special way?