“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” (Psalms 133:1).
Trouble seems to follow some people wherever they go. They seem to leave a trail of wreckage and strained relationships, with little or no effort to resolve matters. Relationships matter to God! We need to labor for unity, expending every effort to achieve it because this matters so much to God.
“I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10).
“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind” (1 Peter 3:8).
“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight” (Romans 12:16).
Since God desires peace among His children, we need to value it more than we sometimes do. Of course, we must not surrender principles in our efforts to attain unity. But we must value unity and strive to attain it as a command from God.
One day we will live in perfect harmony in heaven; God wants us to serve in that environment now. Most people place a high priority on their own agenda, but we must not suppose that unity is not a value. It is assigned to us by God. We come to God from many backgrounds and cultures (Galatians 3:28), but God still commands us to be one. In order to serve in unity, we need to sacrifice self in deference to others:
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3).
This verse runs against popular thinking that tells us to look out for number one. But God’s principles work, and we should promote unity in the church and family.
Ask God to help you to resolve issues with others in a Christ-like manner. How will we know it was solved that way? When people walk away arm in arm; where no one walks away a loser. Paul called it “a more excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31), the way of love.
Posted on Tue, July 5, 2016
by Sam Petitfils