John 15:12-13 (NIV)
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
Moss is quite prominent in Iceland. Although small, each tiny plant intertwines with its neighbors, providing incredible support as they work together to form a hummock. It hungers after the rain, which is quite abundant in Iceland, absorbing it, and the nutrients it brings with it, through its tiny leaves.
Woolly Fringe Moss is a widely-found variety in Iceland, as it is well suited for the cold Northern climate. Ideally it prefers temperatures between 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit . However it can tolerate the extremes of heat, frost, and drought.
Over time, a tiny, unified colony of moss will grow into hummocks 4 to 24 inches thick, making it quite spongy to walk on. The closeness of the tiny plants that comprise a hummock also discourages colonization by other plants. Without this unity, enemy plants would plant itself in the midst of the moss, thus destroying its effectiveness!
These plants remind us of Jesus' ideal for the Christian community. Jesus wants us to be so unified that the enemy cannot enter in!
This unity amongst Christians depends on three important ingredients: love, forgiveness and leaving all control to God's Holy Spirit. In all reality, what makes us one is our belief in the Son, in whom we solely depend!
If we remove any of these ingredients, we can be assured that the evil one will take root in our midst and create division and discouragement.
"The thief (The evil one) comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10 NIV)
Our unique belief in the Son makes us One! With Him at the center of our lives, adversity will have no impact on us. Our strength comes solely from Him! We can thank Jesus that we are truly one!
Dear Lord, we thank You that we can be truly one with other believers. Help us always be there for each other and ready to hold them up. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.