Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brothers to dwell together in unity!
Yesterday’s post titled, “Bromance” painted a picture of a beautiful friendship between two men. Jonathan and David’s relationship depicted what a Christ centered friendship truly looks like. Scripture tells us that unity is good and it is pleasant! It is something that is desirable and attractive to the world. We long to have good friends and close relationships with people who are similar and like minded to us. Having unity with one another and close friendships are a gift from God. It is a gift that should be cared for and maintained. We must work hard to cherish what God has so graciously given us.
Why is unity so difficult? I often struggle with this because I know that this is an issue among believers today. The biggest struggle in my life is that I personally fail to see how God can use my relationships to impact the lives of those around me. Having a good community of believers who are like minded and intentional in their relationships is difficult and requires a great deal of work and commitment. Unity does not always come naturally. It’s hard and can be costly, but the end product is “good” and “pleasant.” Our families, friends, church communities, etc. are all blessings from God. Unity is difficult, but we must realize that it is a gift from above, and this gift must be cared for. We must labor for unity in our homes and in our churches and watch how God can use that to impact the world around us.
“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.”
Ephesians 4: 1-6
We live in a world were there is so much chaos and division, and as the church we must show the world that we stand united through our Lord Jesus Christ. The Scripture reminds us that we believers are to be diligent in preserving unity. We are all unified in one faith. Though we may differ in our culture, or our taste in music, we have this in common: we are one body and one Spirit. We have been given the responsibility and privilege to go into the world and share Christ love with those who have never experienced it! One way to do this is being good stewards of the relationships and communities God has given us. Let’s eagerly strive to maintain this unity that Paul describes of in Ephesians 4. Let us pray for unified churches and families who will be obedient in taking the gospel to the ends of the world.
I encourage you to join with me as I examine the relationships in my own life. Are we striving to dwell in unity with one another? Do our relationships depict Christ’s love to the world around us? Do we value the blessings of the community and friendships God has given us? The greatest gift of friendship and love was shown on the cross when God gave us His only begotten Son. The world is longing for such a friendship, and it is our responsibility as believers to show them what true love and unity look like.