A house divided against itself cannot stand

It is probably a known fact that without unity there can be no strength. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells a crowd of impudent Pharisees, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” However, the phrase gained much attention in the modern era when it was famously quoted by Abraham Lincoln in his famous nomination acceptance speech of 1858. Addressing the contentious issue of slavery in the United States, he told an audience of Republican politicians that, “a house divided against itself cannot stand”.

It is important for every person, especially small children to understand the importance of unity. In this fast-moving world where everyone is wanting to do better than their peers, people often tend to forget the value of being together. Being competitive is of course good, but definitely not at the cost of putting someone down. And while working together as a group anywhere, be it in school or in college or even in our houses or at workplaces, it is very important to understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses and then work in unity towards achieving something.

The literal meaning of the line ‘A house divided against itself cannot stand’ holds so true in every sense. However strong the foundation of a house is, if there is no sense of oneness among the people in the family, then the house is not a house or a home, it is just another place with four walls and a roof, that is under a constant threat of falling apart.

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