The Price of Peace
Posted: Thursday, December 14
Let’s read that again. “How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!” And now . . . to grab a different perspective . . . let’s invert the attributes. “How lousy and agitating it is when brothers live apart in dissension.” Have you found BOTH of these statements to be true?
David poetically illustrates the value of harmony. “Harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe. Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion (Psalm 133:2-3).” As David evaluates the merits of harmony, we should evaluate its price. Valuable items, as we know, have a price.
Ephesians 4:3 instructs us to “make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together in peace.” That’s right. Harmony demands effort. The price of harmony is love and perseverance and forgiveness and bravery and grit and patience and compassion. You will pay dearly for the harmony you hope to gain, but the wise King David wants to remind you: IT’S WORTH IT.
May God show you favor in the disharmony of your life. May He give you wisdom, and may the Lord grant you . . . peace.