Oneness happens in the hand of God. If we push God to the edges of our lives, conflict will prevail. If we let him take us into his hand, we will find unity in his presence. What would happen if you applied these ideas to the conflict you have with that person?
15 The word of the Lord came to me: 16 “Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, ‘Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.’ Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, ‘Belonging to Joseph (that is, to Ephraim) and all the Israelites associated with him.’ 17 Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand.
18 “When your people ask you, ‘Won’t you tell us what you mean by this?’ 19 say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim’s hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick. I will make them into a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.’
27 My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people. 28 Then the nations will know that I the Lord make Israel holy, when my sanctuary is among them forever.’”
Ezekiel 37:15-19, 27-28
God is the God of reconciliation. Did you know that? In a world hell-bent on division and conflict and hurt feelings and revenge, God is the one who desires peace and unity more than any of us. Jesus prayed for his followers to be unified so that our unity would reflect the unity of Jesus and the Father (John 17).
Further, in sending his son Jesus, God provided a means for our reconciliation with him. Jesus is our peace with the Father and he is our peace with each other. Ephesians 2 speaks of Jesus breaking down the diving wall of hostility between people to create one group. God desires our unity. Do you?
As far as it depends on you (Romans 12:18), will you be at peace with everyone?
Israel had been apart (Judah and Benjamin split from the rest) since the time of King Jeroboam and King Rehoboam. I bet they never thought they would reconcile. It’s like that with people, isn’t it? We don’t think that conflicts can be resolved. Many people adopt the you’re dead to me approach.
When God makes his dwelling place among us, we can be one within his hand. Notice that’s what God said in vs. 19. Oneness happens in the hand of God. If we push God to the edges of our lives, conflict will prevail. If we let him take us into his hand, we will find unity in his presence.