Christian Love and Unity During a Pandemic

Where do you stand in the great divide?

  • Are you offended when you see individuals in the grocery store who aren’t wearing masks?
  • Are you offended by having to wear a mask at all?
  • Do you occasionally make exceptions to the restrictions by visiting family and friends?
  • Do you fume against those who dare to visit during a lockdown?

Brothers and sisters, it’s time to stop casting stones!

Where is our love for one another?

  • No one – not one person, not one Christian – in all the earth can know the entire truth of what is happening in our world. No One but God.
  • No one knows the heart of the person next to you. No one but that person and God.
  • No one can fully understand the motives behind another Christian’s actions, how they choose to respond to the crisis that our world is in. No One but God.

It’s time to admit we don’t have all the answers. It’s also time to take responsibility for our actions and convictions by searching our hearts, searching the Scriptures, and appealing to the Holy Spirit for guidance.

Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.

Daniel 9:3 ESV

Christians in the World but Not of the World

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2 ESV

The world’s defense mechanism against fear and pain is to take offense.

BUT

The Christian’s defense against fear and pain is to drop to his/her knees in prayer.


The world’s strategy against disunity is to divide the masses more and more.

BUT

The Christian’s strategy against disunity is to strive for common ground.


The world’s failsafe in times of chaos is to follow the majority.

BUT

The Christian’s failsafe in times of chaos is to test everything (with the help of the Holy Spirit) in order to discern what is good and true.


Charity, Not Criticism

Think about war for a moment: Are there Christian brothers and sisters who serve in the military to accomplish the important work of protecting us? Yes! Are there Christian brothers and sisters who hold fast to pacifism in accordance with their consciences? Yes!

God calls us to different missions and gives us special graces.

Who can understand God’s unfathomable methods? Who can understand why he convicts one person to fight and one person to lay down in submission?

We must extend charity to one another, not criticism. We must not judge those who are in favor of Covid-19 restrictions, nor those who feel convicted to fight the restrictions.

We are one Body. We are all sinners needing grace.

Not one of us has a perfectly clear vision or answer for these times. Each individual is acting in accordance with what their conscience tells them. They are trying to please God.

Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written,

“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
    and every tongue shall confess to God.”

So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.

Romans 14:10-12 ESV

Tool of Discernment

Sadly, there is great division in our world. Yes, even among brothers and sisters in Christ. This is the work of our enemy, the devil. Yet, we are not without hope!

Each Christian holds the gift of Jesus Christ’s Spirit within him/her to guide and to teach what is right:

  • Now is the time for each of us to seek the counsel of the Holy Spirit.
  • Now is the time to cut off the evil spirit of division and to ask God’s forgiveness for our judgment upon others.

And our God is faithful! When we seek him, he will teach us all things and show us his mission for our lives. He will clarify our convictions when we are humble and willing to hear his voice.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

John 14:26 ESV

Hope for the Future

Let’s lay down our offenses.

Let’s bless those who have cursed us and belittled our decisions.

Let’s extend grace and love and forgiveness.

Let’s pray for wisdom and knowledge to discern the times.

And in all things, let’s give thanks to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ who was willing to pay it all, willing to sacrifice everything for us.


We are loved! We are treasured! Yes, we will make mistakes, but Christ’s blood has covered each sin, even the sins of those who have offended us. God loves them, too! He treasures them, too!

Lord, show us how to live in unity even when our convictions differ.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

2 Corintians 13:14 ESV

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. In all things, remember to love.


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With love,

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22 thoughts on “Christian Love and Unity During a Pandemic

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  1. The truth is, there are intelligent people on all sides of the issue, and if someone disagrees with me for reasons they can articulate, I can respect that. But it hurts to be considered an idiot for having a different perspective. In a world of hostility, a respectful attitude toward our opponents will really make the Christ-followers stand out. Otherwise, we’re just another bunch of bickering children.

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  2. A great appeal for charity, compassion and unity Sara…

    I want to offer a thought from scripture in the same spirit. In 1 Corinthians 8, Paul believed that an idol was nothing so he could freely eat foods sacrificed to idols with a clear conscience. Yet others believed that it was wrong. Paul gave advice on what one should do in this situation. He said that he would not eat the meat sacrificed to idols if it would in any way cause his brother to stumble. This scripture has been very helpful to me in these times. I have friends who are, for want of a better term, ‘anti-mask’. Yet, if others may get sick because of our actions and even die then love suggests that we wear it even if we don’t like it and don’t agree with it. For me, that is the way of love…willingness to put aside our rights for love of others. Even if we don’t believe there is even a real virus, for the love of the brothers and sisters who do believe and are scared, we choose to live in consideration of others.

    I hope my contribution was not too divisive… Like Elspeth, I appreciate your heart to respect all opinions, honour all men and foster peace and unity. This is also my desire so I offer my opinion only for prayerful consideration and searching of the heart for us all and not as a condemnation of any who would hold a different view.

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    1. Thank you.

      I agree: My flesh wants to live the way I feel I am free to live. Jesus wants me to look out for the interests of others. Such a struggle.

      The day after I published this post, I ran into a scenario where I had to lay down my opinion in favor of another, in order to keep peace. Ooooooo, it was hard! And then I had to laugh: It’s just like God to test me and see if I will practice what I preach! LOL.

      God bless you. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Lisa.

      I’ve been wishy-washy about my stance on these issues, but I did feel sure that this message of grace came from God. I won’t say, “God told me to say,” because I didn’t hear an audible voice. But I felt this message strongly in my spirit. I want to live this out.

      Jesus, help us to extend grace and love and forgiveness like you do!

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  3. Because my opinions are varied, potentially offensive, and ultimately irrelevant to your overall post, I’ll keep them to myself.

    However, I do appreciate your earnest attempt to honor The Lord by living as peaceably as possible with all men, as much as it depends on you. (Romans 12:18)

    Blessings to you, dear Sara!

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    1. Thank you, Elspeth. I appreciate your honesty. These times are difficult on our relationships.

      I guess the main point of my post was not what is right and what is wrong, but to encourage charitable attitudes towards one another. 🙂

      God bless you, sister in Christ!

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  4. We have rules here and whether we like them or not it is law. No mask; no entry to said store
    Do not follow curfew, well… you could be questioned by local security or police and pay a fine.
    Pandemic is reality and whether we like it or not; agree with it or not it is so…

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