“How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity.” Psalm 133:1
If you want to know just how true this statement is try out it’s opposite. How bad and unpleasant it is when brothers dwell together in chaos. That is absolutely true. I would know. I’m the brother of a brother. And, I’m a dad to three brothers. I know what it’s like when boys fight. There’s not much worse than the noise of brothers living together in chaos.
Before we go letting all the women folk off the line, it’s good to remember that some translate this verse as “God’s people” instead of just brothers. I understand that sisters can get into some pretty good scrapes too!
When we live in chaos with each other the home is filled with yelling, crying, and the sounds of fists trying to make contact. How bad and unpleasant this is indeed. When we live in unity the home is filled with positive comments, laughter, and joy.
Psalms don’t just come true by magic. Unity in the home is a gift from God given through Jesus. Forgiveness is key! Sin separates, tears apart, and divides people. Forgiveness heals, brings together, and unites. Only through the cross of Jesus can people hope to live in unity.
This is true in our homes, in our congregations, in our communities, and in our world. Jesus can bring unity when nothing else can. If you’re living in chaos, look to Jesus today!
Dear Jesus, help us live in unity today. Amen.