Bulletin Thought – March 4, 2012

 

A Thought from Pastor Bryson,

 

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”

                                                                                                                                      (Psalm 133:1)

 

Unity, in our world today filled with so much strife, unity is often hard to find.  Our government is torn apart by partisanship, families are torn by strife, colleagues are in heated debate about one thing or another, even houses of worship have become hostile territory.  But, if we regain our focus, unity is possible.

 

One key word to note in Psalm 133:1 is the word “brethren.”  We need to recognize our kinship as brothers and sisters in Christ and realize that it is God’s will that we live in harmony with one another.  The Life Application Bible has this commentary note on Psalm 133:1-3:

 

David stated that harmony is pleasant, precious, and refreshing.  Unfortunately, harmony does not abound in the church as it should.  People disagree and cause division over unimportant issues.  Some seem to delight in causing tension by discrediting others.  Harmony is important because: (1) it makes us a positive example to the world and helps draw others to us (Him); (2) it helps us function as a body of believers as God meant us to, giving us a foretaste of heaven; (3) it is renewing and revitalizing because there is less tension to sap our energy.  Living in harmony does not mean we will agree on everything…But we agree on our purpose in life – to work together for God… (Italize mine)

 

Let us remember, we are bound together by our common faith in Jesus Christ.  His Spirit abides in us and God is love, therefore, we are to love one another and strive to dwell together in harmony.  In doing so we become a living testimony to the power of God’s love and His presence in us – with the hope that others will be drawn to the Christ.

 

We would do well to follow the example of St. Francis of Assisi, an excerpt from his prayer – Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.  Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy…

 

 

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