“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity” (Psalm 133:1 NIV)
Have you ever worked on a project with a team that wasn’t unified? How did it go? Several years ago I was on a team that was trying to plan a surprise party for a friend. It was a great idea to bless our friend but we had a hard time being unified as a team. We all had different ideas and didn’t ways that we thought things should be done. While we were trying to push our own ideas instead of working towards unity we couldn’t get anything done or make any progress. We were at a complete standstill until we remembered that the goal that brought us together was trying to bless our friend.
The same thing happens in building the Kingdom of God. As believers we are all on a team together with the common goal of advancing God’s Kingdom. The problem comes in when we begin to have disunity within the team. We begin to separate because of different preferences and disagreements with other believers. It is hard to keep making progress when there is no unity. That’s why the Psalmist says that it is good and pleasant when God’s people live together in unity. When we are unified we are able to accomplish amazing things for God!
It’s inevitable that we will face times of disagreement with fellow believers. The best thing that we can do is try to resolve the difference quickly and early on. If you are at an impasse over an issue with a fellow believer can you agree to disagree for the sake of unity? Ephesians 4:3 says, “Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” This isn’t a nice suggestion this is the expectation for how believers are to live. Are you at odds with another believer? What can you do today to restore unity?