Every Friday, I join an online Christian writing community, Five Minute Friday. We are given a one-word prompt and write – unscripted, unedited, pure free-write – for 5 minutes. The prompt this week is Together
Our language is full of expressions and idioms promoting the benefits of working together:
- Two heads are better than one
- Many hands make light work.
- Coming together is a beginning.
- Keeping together is progress.
- Working together is success.
- Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success.
- Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.
On the other hand, we also know expressions warning of division:
- A house divided against itself will fall
- Divide and conquer
- No man is an island
The conclusion is that if we work together on common goals, we can together achieve great things, or at least can make great progress towards the goal, but if we are divided, then progress is severely restricted on both sides.
Of course living together in harmony, though it sounds idyllic in theory, it is extremely difficult.
It requires enormous love to live in harmony with other human beings.
Most of us struggle to love even a few human beings well.
We are most often judgmental, critical, lazy, greedy, irritable, resentful, impatient, controlling, self-willed, ungrateful and self-centred. We are unskilled in resolving disputes and disagreements… at least I am!
But there is hope, because God created us and He loves us. In Jesus He will recreate us and teach us to live in His divine love.
He will teach and equip us to be forgiving, patient, generous, encouraging, kind, persevering, preferring others. He will teach us to go the extra mile and to love as He loves.
Without the love of God in us, true harmonious love is all-but impossible.
We love because He first loved us.
When we love each other, even our enemies, with the love of Jesus, we can transform ourselves and our communities into havens of safety, growth, healing and transformation. We can usher in the Kingdom of Heaven. And others will be attracted to our loving communities and want to come alongside us, because:
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
For this reason Jesus builds His church, and He calls us to help Him to build. As we invite others, by our acceptance and love, to be willing to grapple with each other to build our community of those who love Jesus and love each other.
He never meant for us to be alone in the world. He puts us in families. He puts us in His family. And He wants us to encourage, support and persevere in love in our family, so
let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10: 24-25
Can you think of any more idioms and common expressions promoting working together and warning of division and isolation.