Am I operating in unity in my life with others?
Have I overlooked Gods truth in favour of my passions? Following his word or my emotions or energy levels?
Proverbs 18:19-20 (AMPC)19 A brother offended is harder to be won over than a strong city, and [their] contentions separate them like the bars of a castle.20 A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; with the consequence of his words, he must be satisfied [whether good or evil].
This weekend I have been musing on the topic of Unity. In the face of differences, how does one reconcile? I hope to discover the beauty of unity and the source of discord. I write not as a perfect or morally excellent, distinctly disciplined individual who has all the answers but instead as someone flawed and one desiring to grow spiritually mature and in the community, to produce fruit, develop discipline and pursue righteousness in my life and in the lives of those around me.
I have been meditating on Psalm 133English Standard Version (ESV)
When Brothers Dwell in Unity
A Song of Ascents. Of David.
133 Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity![a]
2 It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down on the collar of his robes!
3 It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
I don’t like the sound of oil running down my head and on my clothing. So I had to explore further and I found out that this precious oil spoken of here is the ointment used to anoint priests before entering into the temple. It was an expensive perfume specifically developed by God and pleasing to Him. It is a great honour to be chosen, to be anointed for such a holy purpose as this. For us, it is also important to discover this anointing in our lives as those who believe are a royal priesthood and a holy nation. Mathew Henry writes that this ointment was holy. So must our brotherly love be, with a pure heart, devoted to God. We must love those that are begotten for his sake that begat, 1 Jn. 5:1.
- We are to be Holy as perfectly dispensed by God
- Love one another by and through the working of God’s grace in us
- Recognise holy love and unity as a joy producing the Oil of gladness in our lives as Christ’s love flourishes
- Consider unity as fructifying. It is profitable as well as pleasing; it is as the dew; (Micah 5:7) it brings an abundance of blessings along with it, as numerous as the drops of dew. It cools the scorching heat of men’s passions, as the evening dews cool the air and refresh the earth. It contributes very much to our fruitfulness in everything that is good; it moistens the heart and makes it tender and fit to receive the good seed of the word; as, on the contrary, malice and bitterness unfit us to receive it, 1 Pt. 2:1 (Bible study tools)
- Put off all passions of the flesh which cause disunity, enmity and strife among us.
- Be obedient to what God has commanded and live forevermore
Ephesians 4 talks about Christ ascending so that the body of Christ may be equipped in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God to mature manhood,[e] to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
But instead that the unity of the body would produce:
- Speaking the truth in love,
- Develop Christ character, Christ16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped,
- Each part working properly,
- Bond together in love,
- Genuine, not false
The character that operates in unity is one that desires first and foremost to be holy and righteous as Christ is Holy, in keeping the unity of the spirit that is within us. The following are some of my takeaways from the passage in Ephesians 4 we can see the things God wants from us as we grow in fellowship.
So before I might flip off at someone, or reject a group of people entirely because I don’t like the way they operate I must dwell on Gods instruction as my guide for my interactions, even the difficult ones.
- Put away falsehood,
- Speak the truth with your neighbour, for we are members one of another.
- Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
- Give no opportunity to the devil,
- Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
- Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
- Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamour and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
- Be kind to one another,
- Be tenderhearted,
- Forgive one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Importantly, we must be in Obedience to God’s word: for this is heart position coupled with the necessary outward demonstration of our love for Christ. I write this because I want to stay committed to community and unity in the peace of Christ.
❤ Let’s unite together ,as with one heart.