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Forgiveness is one of the most difficult things we’ll ever have to do. We don’t want those that hurt us to “get off easy.” In fact, have you ever thought to yourself, “they need to suffer for what they did?” But who really suffers when we refuse to forgive someone?

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Unity is a big deal to God. Division among His people absolutely breaks His heart. Yet, His people have often been divided because our sin drives us to pride, anger and jealousy. Perhaps the clearest example of this in the entire Bible is when the entire nation of Israel divided after the death of Solomon. This week, we’re digging into that story to find out just what went wrong and what God wants us to learn from it.

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What do you tell yourself when things get hard? “When things get tough, the tough get going,” or some such phrase to motivate yourself? I don’t know about you, but for me, that just doesn’t cut it. This may energize me for a bit, but ultimately, things continue to spiral because my focus is still on the problem, on myself, on what “I” need to do to fix it.

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Have you ever thought that life should be easy because you’re a Christian? Now that you believe in Jesus life should be full of rainbows and butterflies; that life should now be smooth sailing; that you should get your cake and eat it too? Those are nice thoughts but that’s not what the Bible tells us.

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