By Tara Wentworth
Spiritual truths can be compared to onions, as they have many
One of the reasons as to why one group in the Body of Christ
differs with another is because some see a particular truth
through one window, while others see it from a different view.
Also, some have settled on a particular layer in the full
revelation of a truth, and have gone no further.
As the Lord restores certain truths, which were perverted,
or faded from view, we should recognize that each of us has
a particular part, which together makes up the whole. The
Lord intended it this way, so we could not say to any one
part, "we have no need of you." Therefore, we need
each other in order to have a full revelation of Divine truth.
The method that the enemy has successfully used to keep us
divided, is to cause us to focus on our few differences, rather
than our coming together on the majority of the areas in which
Psalm 18:25-26 will help us to understand the cause of some
of these differences.
“With the merciful you will show yourself merciful;
with an upright man you will show yourself upright;
with the pure you will show yourself pure; and
with the froward (perverse, twisted) you will show
Any tendency toward "crookedness" in our relationships
with each other will affect the way we think or act, even
after we are saved. Eventually, this inner deformity, if left
untouched by the dealings of the Holy Spirit, will work its
way into our words and actions; especially our reactions.
As a child I was disciplined many times out of anger, causing
rejection to come into my life. It manifested itself not only
in human relationships, such as rebellion to authority, but
also in my relationship to my Heavenly Father. My view of
Him was "twisted."
I was afraid of the Lord's discipline in my life, not willing
to trust Him implicitly. I have recently come to understand
this, and am in the process of renewing my mind to the truth.
I am fully persuaded and have accepted the fact that "I
am accepted in the beloved." Secure in my relationship
to Him, I can reject the fiery darts which come at me almost
daily, and which are contrary to this truth.
Rejection, one of the enemy's most devastating tools, has
been effective in keeping us from becoming all that the Lord
intends us to be. If we are not healed from rejection, we
will not stand when we are shunned or rejected for our faith.
Jesus suffered extreme rejection from family members to the
religious leaders of His time; but it did not cause Him to
sin, or to fall prey to the wiles of the wicked one.
The Lord may use other believers to bring the Word that will
transform us. If we close ourselves off from other parts of
the Body because they are different, we may never become "unbent"
and will fall short of the full revelation of His Body that
the Lord desires us to have.