June 15 - Dwelling in Peace

By Don Bailey

Today's Scripture: Psalm 133:1-3

Central Thought: God wants His people to live in unity with one another.

    Have you ever scratched your head in confusion at the phrase 'religious wars”? On the surface, it would seem that a religious person should be someone who gets along with other people, not someone who goes to war over religious issues. Yet, it is very easy to list several religious wars across the planet involving people who practice a variety of religions, including Christianity.

    As we consider today's passage, we see that God wants His followers to live in peace with one another. This passage compares unity among believers to precious oil, possibly anointing oil that was used on the high priest Aaron, and to dew that appeared on Mount Hermon, the highest mountain in the area. David's readers would immediately realize these comparisons show the value of this unity.

    We should practice unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ. To succeed at this command, we must learn to listen to others and learn what is important to them. Then we can concentrate on those things that truly matter and not get bogged down in controversies over insignificant issues that Christians often quarrel over.

Devotional Prayer: Help me to focus less on the differences with others and more on the common bond in Christ.

Today's Bible Reading: 1 Kings 14:1-15:24; Acts 10:1-23a; Psalm 133:1-3; Proverbs 17:7-8