Saturday, May 13, 2017

Psalm 133 - Unity - Good and Pleasant

When Aaron was anointed as Israel's High Priest they poured oil on his head. Anointing with oil was a symbol of the Holy Spirit. It was a high and holy occasion - not only for Aaron, but for all of Israel.

When God's people dwell together in unity it is good and pleasant, but it's as wonderful as when Aaron was anointed as the High Priest.

Here are some verses about "unity" from the New Testament.

23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Unity doesn't come naturally, but it is good and pleasant when God's people are living in unity. It is evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit. It is something we have to work at. It is possible when we love each other. It shows maturity in our faith. 
I suppose I should have some connecting sentences and a conclusion and all.... 
On a related thought.

I am so glad to be a part of a church that shows a lot of unity. It is evident in a lot of ways at Hilldale, but of course I see it most in worship. We have people of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, income levels.... and we have a lot of different preferences when it comes to music. But when we gather together on Sunday mornings we sing a lot of different kinds of music together. We join our voices in old songs, new songs, fast songs, slow songs.... and it's because we care about each other. We aren't selfish in our music. Every song might not be our favorite style,, but some of them are. But it doesn't matter because our focus isn't the music, it's Jesus. I would say that's how we can find unity in everything - by focusing on Jesus, caring about each other and not being selfish in what we want. 
There... a conclusion...and all... lol....

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