Blessing God with our pursuit of unity

 

I love being a husband and a father.  One of my great joys is to come home from work and see my family loving each other.  I remember coming home on a day when all of my children were playing together in one of the bedrooms with the door closed.  I crept toward the room and placed my ear against the door.  My heart rejoiced to hear them talking and laughing as they played.

Psalm 133:1 – Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!  It is good and pleasant for us when we dwell together in unity, and it is good and pleasant for God as well.  I believe our heavenly Father rejoices when His children are actively loving each other.  What a treat it must be for Him to look upon us and to see us joyfully doing life together, and how sad when God sees bickering and arguing among His children.

Unity is indeed precious, and it is something we must actively seek.  Misunderstandings and offenses are inevitable.  We all say and do things we regret.  It is only a matter of time before you hurt somebody or you are hurt by someone.  What will you do when hurt enters one of your relationships?  Will you pridefully refuse to forgive or seek forgiveness?  Will you demand restitution?  Peace and unity often come at a cost.  Resolving conflict often requires us to relinquish our smug position of being right.

This is one of the things I love about Jesus.  As His appointment with the cross drew near, He seems to have been the only one who understood what was happening.  And Jesus had no personal debt to pay.  He was without blemish, but He sacrificed Himself to reunite us with God.  1 Peter 3:18 – For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.  How could we not follow His example in sacrificially seeking unity with others?

Are you experiencing separation from someone you love?  May I challenge you to pray for good things for that person?  Earnestly pray for God to bless the one who has wronged you.  May I further encourage you to sacrificially seek reconciliation?  Humbly reach out to the one with whom you once enjoyed peace.  Our God excels at restoration, and He rejoices over the unity of the brethren.

1 Peter 4:8 – Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.