Our Relationship with Others: Day Seven

JANUARY 10TH, 2021      |       Psalm 133:1 says, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (NIV) In fact, the psalmist likens unity to the sacredness and blessing of a priestly anointing and the refreshment of morning dew. Unity draws out the blessing of God.

In the New Testament we learn that others will be drawn to Christ when they witness our love and unity with one another. Jesus prays for us, “that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.” (John 17:21) No wonder a key strategy of the enemy is to cause division and disunity in the Body of Christ! Wherever there is disunity, there is the fingerprint of the enemy. Bear in mind that unity does not mean uniformity. We don’t all have to be the same, think the same or act the same to live in unity.

So how do we live in unity despite our differences? Ephesians 4 gives us the blueprint. Paul’s exhortation to us is to promote unity among other believers by living in a manner worthy of our calling. If you are a Christ follower then you are called! You are called to live in such a way to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Eph 4:3, NIV) According to Ephesians 4, we do this through humility, gentleness, patience, and bearing with one another in love. How are we doing with this? How are you doing with it? Hebrews 12:14 says, “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone . . .”and Romans 12:18 says, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Tall order isn’t it? Impossible in our own strength but wholly possible through the power of the Holy Spirit. Today, let’s live as peacemakers – not peacekeepers – but peacemakers – so the world may know!

Our Relationship with God: Day Seven

Psalm 133; Ephesians 4:1-6

Psalm 133; Ephesians 4:1-6

Psalm 133:1 says, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (NIV) In fact, the psalmist likens unity to the sacredness and blessing of a priestly anointing and the refreshment of morning dew. Unity draws out the blessing of God.

In the New Testament we learn that others will be drawn to Christ when they witness our love and unity with one another. Jesus prays for us, “that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.” (John 17:21) No wonder a key strategy of the enemy is to cause division and disunity in the Body of Christ! Wherever there is disunity, there is the fingerprint of the enemy. Bear in mind that unity does not mean uniformity. We don’t all have to be the same, think the same or act the same to live in unity.

So how do we live in unity despite our differences? Ephesians 4 gives us the blueprint. Paul’s exhortation to us is to promote unity among other believers by living in a manner worthy of our calling. If you are a Christ follower then you are called! You are called to live in such a way to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Eph 4:3, NIV) According to Ephesians 4, we do this through humility, gentleness, patience, and bearing with one another in love. How are we doing with this? How are you doing with it? Hebrews 12:14 says, “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone . . .”and Romans 12:18 says, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Tall order isn’t it? Impossible in our own strength but wholly possible through the power of the Holy Spirit. Today, let’s live as peacemakers – not peacekeepers – but peacemakers – so the world may know!

Responding to the Word

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you from God’s Word?  

How can you apply this to your life?

Prayer

Father, help us to live in love and unity with one another.  Help me to . . .

Bayside Community Church
Latest posts by Bayside Community Church (see all)

Daily Devotions
In Your Inbox

Give us Your E-mail. Get the day's devotion every morning.