Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Practical Advice - Unity

Unity - it is something that we all want; it is something that when we see it in action we wish it for ourselves. Beauty contestants wish for world peace - but the beginning of world peace is unity; all of us getting along.

We want unity in our homes, in our marriages, at work, in our friendships.

If you're a mother and you see your children constantly fighting, you wonder if they will ever get along.

When you see a couple who are constantly antagonistic toward each other - it's awkward to watch and makes you wonder.

How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! Psalm 133:1

When I read this verse, it always seems like a balm, a refreshing salve because the writer has also observed the beauty of unity in action and he likens it to oil running down a beard. I've never had a beard but I do have hair and when oil runs down the strands of my hair - it melts it, it makes my hair feel good; I want to keep touching my hair.

Unity in action is acknowledging each other, acquiescing when necessary, yet not losing yourself. Traits of vociferousness, obstreperousness, callousness do not lend themselves to unity. Unity employs basic respect and sincerity. Unity breaks down when we all stop trying.

Let's not give up on unity. As a believer, pray for unity in all of your relationships and the wisdom and courage to do your part. It's hard for us to be the people we want to be in our own strength; only with God's help can we make this work. May our callous hearts be melted by the oil of unity.

 How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!
For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe.
Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion.
And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting. Psalms 133 [NLT]

1 comment:

  1. This is encouraging to me. Especially since I had just stumbled upon a terrible video earlier today of a crowd of teenagers beating one another up. It was an all-out brawl. I thought to myself: what is in the hearts of these kids to do this to each other? I don't know who they are, but I'm going to pray for every single kid in that video. Thank you for your post today, Nylse!


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