Unity has a blessing in store for us all. Are you placing yourself in a position for that blessing?
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.”
Psalm 133 (NIV)
God has designed us to be vessels of His glory, but what does that mean?
We glorify God when we are in unity
John chapter 17 is Jesus’ passionate prayer to His Father just before his arrest, where he says in vs 22: “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—”
God is committed to fulfilling the entire manifestation of His promises over you, through your agreement to glorify Him.
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”
Matthew 18:19 (NIV)
Without agreement, there is no fulfilment of His promises. When our motive is to glorify Him rather than self, to honor Him, rather than fulfil our own desires, we experience how “good and pleasant” it is to live in unity, and to live in the fullness of His blessings.
“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
James 4:1-6 (NIV) 4
Have you wondered about your motives when in a relational dispute? Is your number one goal to bring glory to God? God has called us to be peacemakers, and so to become the blessed children of God! (Matthew 5:9).
We have a choice
We can choose to be an agent of unity, peace, and blessings, or to be an agent of disunity, strife and curses. Matthew 12:25 says that a household divided against itself will not stand! Disunity always leads to strife and chaos – whether in business, sport, church, or family. It will derail you!
God created us and He knows what works best for us. Doing things His way, though it may seem painful (and almost impossible) at the time, always brings about a blessing in the long run. He promises that as we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, all these things will be given to us as well (Matthew 6:33).
We all know what a truly glorious experience it is when relationships flow in unity! Christ in you, the hope of GLORY!
Father, please help us to let go of our own selfish desires as well as the need to be right!
We want to relate to others with tender humility and gentle patience according to your divine calling and purpose for our lives.
May we embrace the destiny that you have for us, through living in unity with those around us, and in the bond of peace.
In Jesus name we pray,
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