December 14 - Unity

By Larry Thomas

Today's Scripture: Psalm 133:1-3

Central Thought: Whatever it takes, unity is worth the sacrifice.

    The Psalmist made a couple of great observations in this reading. They become more significant and meaningful when we remember the feuds and fights that were commonplace in David's family. Because of the lack of unity in his own family, David knew the value of living in unity.

    His observations on unity were that it was both 'good” and 'pleasant” (vs. 1) when brothers could live together in unity. He used two metaphors to describe the results—anointing oil for the high priest and the dew that glazed Mount Zion. The oil alluded to abundance and the dew to blessings, both of which came from God.

    Today's world doesn't know much about unity. Sadly, this is true of the church as much as the physical world. Whatever disrupts unity in the body of Christ has the same effect. It weakens our efforts and gives the unchurched even more reason not to listen to our blessing.

    The solution to all of this is for each person to determine to do his or her part in maintaining unity. Unity is broken when we, as individuals, insist on our 'rights” and our 'way.” Unity comes when each one of us puts God first, others second, and ourselves third.

    Remember—unity is both 'good” and 'pleasant.”

Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me always do my part to create and preserve unity in the family of God

Today's Bible Reading: Jonah 1:1-4:11; Revelation 5:1-14; Psalm 133:1-3; Proverbs 29:26-27