This psalm is one that need repeated readings to really sink in:
1Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!
2It 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!
3It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the LORD has commanded the blessing,
For those of us who follow Jesus, what are we doing to try and “dwell in unity” with:
- Our family?
- Our community (where racial and economic differences divide)?
- Our church?
- With other believers who may not hold some of the same doctrinal nuances we do?
Unity rarely just happens. It takes work. In our families, it is working to live at peace with our children and spouse. It means working to get along (as far as it depends on us) with our extended families–including the out-laws (I have great in-laws, so this one is easy). In our community, it’s actively taking steps to engage those who are different than us. In our churches, it is actively pursuing peace with those we have conflict with so that the body can be strengthened.
Where we are most guilty is with other believers that may not hold the same doctrinal positions we do. We have four choices.
- We can do nothing. We just let each other go about our business and keep to ourselves. The world sees a church divided.
- We can throw stones. We can bicker and argue about our differences, accusing the “other side” of heresy and unorthodoxy. The world sees a church really divided.
- We can react. We can wait for those with differing positions to come to us.
- We can be proactive. We can pursue civil conversation with them and do the hard work of hashing out differences under the authority of Scripture. This is, by far, the hardest road to hike, but it is the one required for unity.
What are you doing to “dwell in unity” with others?