Recently, when I opened my freezer, I was surprised to see a big crack in the pail that held blended strawberries prepared for jam. I remembered that when I poured in the thick liquid mixture, I had noticed a short crack, right at the top - maybe just over an inch long - but since the liquid did not go up to the crack, I figured it would be fine. I closed the lid on it and stored it away for a winter cooking day.What I did not take into consideration was how the pressure of the mixture freezing and expanding would cause the crack to grow.
When I saw this, I immediately thought about a sermon we had just heard on how small disagreements can cause great friction when under pressure, disrupting the unity we have in the faith. In Philippians, 4: 2 the apostle Paul pleads with Euodia and with Sintyche to agree with each other in the Lord. Why would he beg them so? He knew the harm that their disunity would do to their growth and witness.
This broken pail was a vivid picture and reminder for me to take care of small things before they become big issues. As believers and partakers in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, we want to follow His example and be gentle and forgiving towards one another. We want to remember that we need each other and that our witness is squelched when we argue and fight.
From the Word of God:
"In your anger do not sin":
Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry."
"By this all men will know that you are my disciples,
if you love one another."