Unity is important to Jesus. On the very night he was betrayed, he prayed to the Father that his disciples (including us) would be one as he and his Father are one. We commonly think about this oneness in a corporate sense—the degree that we are in unity with one another. This is crucial and truly at the heart of the Scriptures.
In The Message, the phrase “that they may be one” (John 17:21) is translated “. . . that all of them become one heart and mind.” However, in order to truly become of one heart and mind with one another, we believe that we must be of one heart and mind within ourselves. The more we are fragmented in our souls—which consist of our mind, will and emotions (heart)—the more we will live as a fragmented, corporate body.
The Nature of a Fragmented Soul
Most, if not all of us, are fragmented to some degree. This occurs simply by being born into a fallen world. Yet, this can vary considerably from one individual to another. This fragmentation makes sense when someone has experienced severe abuse. But what about the person who has no history of overt abuse but yet experienced a lack of effective nurturing in childhood? Or what about the person who grew up with parents who were passive in nature or simply not emotionally available or were too busy to give personal attention? In these circumstances, fragmentation is not as readily identified or understood—but trust us, it is there.
The adult may struggle with not being able to connect with others and with God. They may have moments when they sense a level of closeness, but most of the time they live their emotional or spiritual lives from a distance—from the outside looking in. They may have a common cry of exasperation on the inside—“Lord, there must be more.”
This can exist in even the most conscientious and active Christians, and many times those around them are unaware. But, Father God knows! And He does not want us to live this way. He invites us to partner with Him in the revealing and healing of our fragmented souls.
Identifying and Bringing Unity Within
So now it is your turn to ask the Holy Spirit to show you more about your past. For example, He may reveal a time in your life when a sense of division started—when you may have shut down your heart because you got hurt or were afraid, or when you became self-sufficient or decided to guard your heart or began to feel you didn’t measure up.
Any or all of these will hinder you in gaining unity within. (See Chapter 7 in our book, The Missing Commandment: Love Yourself). If He brings these things forward, we know and trust that what He reveals, He heals—for the ultimate purpose of oneness with Him that then overflows to others and to our world. After all, that we would be one was Jesus’ prayer!
Father, I thank You that You sent Your Son Jesus to save me, and that the glory You gave Him resides in me (John 17:22). I want to be whole and I want the fullness of Your glory to shine forth in me. I want to be able to more fully love You with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength and to love my neighbor as myself (Mk 12:30-31). I invite You to show me any areas of my heart, my mind or my emotions that are fragmented and disconnected from You or from others. I welcome Your Holy Spirit to reveal anything in me that I need to see to be whole. I trust You in this. Amen.
Until next week . . .
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