When we really love each other, assume brilliance in each other’s giftedness and talents given to each of us by God himself, God pours out blessings on us. When we can love our brothers and sisters without thinking about what we can get in return, God blesses us. When we help out our brothers and sisters, not thinking about how much they deserve our help, God provides blessings on all of us. When we love others without ANY thought of who they are, what they done, or where they been in life, we begin to love like Jesus loves us. When justice is truly for all without thinking of the color of our skin, the status of our station in life or the position we hold in our community, we begin to “get it”. “IT” is what God’s Word is trying to tell us—He loves it when His kids get along. Unity makes God smile.
Worship and Wisdom, Psalms and Proverbs
Psalm 133, The Message
1-3 How wonderful, how beautiful,
when brothers and sisters get along!
It’s like costly anointing oil
flowing down head and beard,
Flowing down Aaron’s beard,
flowing down the collar of his priestly robes.
It’s like the dew on Mount Hermon
flowing down the slopes of Zion.
Yes, that’s where God commands the blessing, ordains eternal life.
TRUTH: God commands blessings upon those who get along!
UNITY is not an event; it is a lifestyle of oneness. Jesus is the One who made us brothers and sisters.
Proverb 24:1-22, ESV
WISDOM: Live and love in the unity of God’s Holy Spirit
Be not envious of evil men,
nor desire to be with them,
2 for their hearts devise violence,
and their lips talk of trouble.
3 By wisdom a house is built,
and by understanding it is established;
4 by knowledge the rooms are filled
with all precious and pleasant riches.
5 A wise man is full of strength,
and a man of knowledge enhances his might,
6 for by wise guidance you can wage your war,
and in abundance of counselors there is victory.
7 Wisdom is too high for a fool;
in the gate he does not open his mouth.
8 Whoever plans to do evil
will be called a schemer.
9 The devising[a] of folly is sin,
and the scoffer is an abomination to mankind.
10 If you faint in the day of adversity,
your strength is small.
11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death;
hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
12 If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,
and will he not repay man according to his work?
13 My son, eat honey, for it is good,
and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.
14 Know that wisdom is such to your soul;
if you find it, there will be a future,
and your hope will not be cut off.
15 Lie not in wait as a wicked man against the dwelling of the righteous;
do no violence to his home;
16 for the righteous falls seven times and rises again,
but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.
17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,
18 lest the Lord see it and be displeased,
and turn away his anger from him.
19 Fret not yourself because of evildoers,
and be not envious of the wicked,
20 for the evil man has no future;
the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
21 My son, fear the Lord and the king,
and do not join with those who do otherwise,
22 for disaster will arise suddenly from them,
and who knows the ruin that will come from them both?
“Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2
Abba, Father in Heaven,
Hallowed be Your Name. May Your Kingdom come and reign in us and all around us. May Your Will of unity be done in all areas of life here while we grow in your character. Make us holy before you. Give us this day your word then help us to quickly obey. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptations of selfishness, but deliver us from all evil and evil’s schemes to bring us down. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit. For You have all power. To you be all glory! Forever.
In Jesus Name, Amen