How many people does it take to have conflict? Only two. So, when there are more people in the equation, the odds of disharmony are multiplied. Clearly, other people do not think, reason, and perceive things exactly like me. What is wrong with you people?!
Living in unity should be something we all strive for, but typically tension and conflict abound, whether in families, a work environment, or the local church. God created us all different. Individuals vary in personalities, preferences, performance, and in about a million other ways.
Still, the goal is unity. Psalm 133 is only three verses long and its theme is unity. It begins, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” “Brothers” here refers to the people of God. The chapter ends with, “For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore” (verse 3b).
In between those verses are two similes that portray what unity is like. First, unity is compared to precious oil poured over a priest, basically from head to toe. Oil was a symbol of God’s blessing. The oil is poured out in such a large quantity that it depicts blessings overflowing on God’s people living in unity. The second simile, the dew of Mt. Hermon, also portrays God’s blessings flowing to His people.
In the New Testament we are taught, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). The verse just before this tells us how. “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” (Eph. 4:2).
Also, let’s not assume the worst, jump to conclusions, or choose to be easily offended. Instead, ask for clarification and give grace. These thoughts and actions help promote unity. Remember, family, co-workers, and fellow believers are not our enemies. Let’s breathe and allow God’s love and gentleness to flow to those around us.
Wonderfully excellent counsel thank you.