January 15, 2018 – Dwell Together

Psalm 133:1 – Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Unity among believers is a glorious sight to behold. However, unity does not always demand that we must see eye to eye in every situation. On matters of fundamental biblical importance, we most certainly must agree completely. On minor matters, there is the freedom of holding differing viewpoints and opinions. In all things, there must be an emphasis on the spirit of love. There can be unity without uniformity; we are all unique but that does not prevent us from working together in unity. All the individual members of the human body are different, but as they function in obedience to the head, there is a beautiful harmony. God never intended that everyone should agree on matters of minor importance. It is enough to agree on the basics. On everything else we may disagree as long as we can do it without being disagreeable. The real enemies of unity are things like jealousy, gossip, backbiting and lovelessness. Qualities that create discord between us all.

Challenge:

Has there been times when you have been disagreeable with a fellow believer over a minor matter? Do you not associate with those who do not see things in the Bible exactly the way you do? Division between believers is a great way to weaken and destroy the body of Christ. Love is always the main remedy that can unite believers once again. Your challenge for this week is to build unity in your relationships by expressing love to those in your life. Think about that old friend and how you could begin the process of reconciliation with them. Take the high road and see how the Lord will restore your friendship. Reach out and deal with that misunderstanding between you and a family member or coworker that God wants you to work out. Say you are sorry. Ask for forgiveness. Tell them you miss them. Show them you love them. Be the bigger person and take the first step. Remember, it is good and pleasant to God that His kids dwell together and are unified. God bless you.

Have a great week,
Pastor Rob
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