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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thoughts on Unity - Psalm 133

In my experience doing discipleship groups in high school ministry and leading small groups in men's sports ministry, I have noticed a common thread that generates growth in others. Everyone wants to have friends, be recognized, and feel appreciated. In these groups, however the theme of being together for a long period of time opens a reality of closeness and friendship. Therefore, the common thread is the longing experience every believer wants to have through the unity of the brethren.

Psalm 133:1-3, "Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore."

This unity in Psalm 133 has been given to us through the Holy Spirit. In the New Testament, Paul explains in Colossians 1:27 that "Christ in you, the hope of glory" resides in the believer and brings everyone together (Jew and Gentile). It is the indwelling Spirit of Christ that unites all believers together in a not of this world fellowship. It opens the eyes of all believer that they all have something in common. Through this continuity, spiritual growth occurs. Proverbs 27:17 tells us "iron sharpens iron" just as a friends encourages ands strengthens one another. May we grow when we fellowship with one another in the faith!

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