The wordings of today’s devotion, Psalm 133, is also a famous hymn which some of us may have sung in church many years ago and occasionally we do still sing this hymn. This psalm is declaring “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.” Would it be more practical to say that in order to have peace & prevent any troubles, people should live apart? Let me share why we should live together in unity.
We know that it is not easy to get along with every people. We are all created differently. Our characters, opinions, behaviors, etc, are all different. During discussions over some matters, what others approve, we may disapprove. It is easier, of course, to get along with people whom we love and like because we know and understand them. How then are we to live together in unity as stated in Psalm 133?
In the Bible, we read of siblings not able to get along with each other. Example, Cain & Abel, Jacob & Esau, Joseph and his brothers, etc. Likewise, even Christians in the church do not always get along well with each other too. Even within the body of Christ, we do have disagreements over some things at times. But as a family of God, we need to work together to overcome any disagreements and always love each other as family members.
God created us to be relational beings. We are commanded not only to get along with each other, our fellow believers, but also to love them too (John 13:34). Love is one of the keys to unity. Jesus said in John 13:35 that, “if we love for one another, people will know that we are His disciples.” Without love, we will never maintain the unity of the spirit that God has given.
In 1 John 4:20-21, it also says that “For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” It is not enough to just say we love but we must show our love by the way we act.
Living together in unity is BOTH good and pleasant, we are also blessed when we live in unity. Whether we are a family, a team, a church, life is definitely must more pleasant and enjoyable when everyone gets along with each other. God has called us to be a community together, to live in peace. Furthermore, as Christians, we are brothers and sisters in Christ, we are one big family of God. We are united with Christ. Satan loves to attack the unity of the family, the unity of the body of Christ. Therefore, as a family, we should not live apart, but we should live together in unity and not allow satan to succeed in breaking up families and destroying the church.
Lord Jesus, help us to dwell in unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Give us a heart of love, that will continue to pour out your love to touch others. Help us to love others like you love them. Unite us, all the believers of St Andrew’s Church, from all congregations, in Your Love. Amen.