Psalm 133:1-3 (KJV) Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Do we consider the value of those around us? As a momma myself I can attest to there being very little time in my days that as anything to do with “me” LOL
We all ought to ponder Philippians 2:4 (the key verse in the devotion today). The very last question asked in the LGG is this: “Do people feel loved by you? Are you pursuing unity with your brothers and sisters in Christ? If not, what steps do you need to take today to begin that process?”
There it is again; the value and need for us to be sincere in another’s interests. How will they feel loved by me? How can I seek UNITY in community?? . .
It is well said that when, “In spite of differences in style and opinion, as well as preferences and personal convictions, believers can come together in submission to the Lord and worship him” there is true unity and a powerful community. It is then that others, seeing the love we have one for another, know us as His children. Paul encourages believers in Hebrews 10:25 to not forsake the assembling of saints; this is our journey and the more who are with you as you run the race the stronger we shall all be! Just as all members of the body need one another, each with a special purpose and gift, so the coming together of the brethren strengthens and encourages us. It’s being in one accord worshipping and praising, praying and serving not just one another but the Lord Himself. We cannot neglect coming together; it is that fresh anointing we so need that we may endure to the end.
How in harmony are we with the rest of the body? According to Webster’s harmony is defined as: *An orderly or pleasing combination of elements in a whole *
A relationship in which various components exist together without destroying one another * In music, the simultaneous combination of notes in a cord * or the study of structure, progression, and relation of chords one to another. But in harmony, all things are not the same. Each compliments another. Just as important within commUNITY is that ability joyfully do our work – a part of the body working for the good of the whole. This is such a good thing for us all to remember when we are interacting with our church family. Each of us has something with which we can relate to others. We will not all sound the same but each will bless another with the gifts we possess.
As another pointed out; a very deep thought for us all to think on:
What would it look like if we were able to live together in unity? Imagine if every believer were to join together in worship; to serve the Lord with one consent, with one mind and mouth to glorify God? What if we all shared in the same love; and looked for ways to be kind to one another? All the while keeping a pleasant attitude; serving each other in love? Or bearing one another’s burdens (not with groanings and complainings either)? If we sympathize with each other, forgive each others offences? What if we all prayed with one another, building each other up in faith? Perhaps if we were to encourage one another to love and to do good works? All these are “good” and “pleasant”; it is good, this is according to the will of God. This is the kind of unity we should be striving for in the body of Christ.
Jesus I know that you alone direct the life that is surrendered to you in complete and total obedience. May we all remember that Lord, you, have already overcome the world and let us seek truth, peace, and your will in every moment of our life. May we have eyes and ears that are open to opportunities to share the Gospel with others in need, as well as those within the body who have the need for more of you Lord. There is a sweet prayer at the end of Numbers 6 (I just finished the Book of Numbers this morning actually) and I pray this for each and every one of you in love:
“May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
In Jesus Name I pray this prayer, and let us all say Amen, in unity! ❤