Harmony Plays Well

Ron Geschwendt

READ : Psalm 133:1-3

Unity is wonderful in the family, the church, the nation, or the world. Parts of a thing are never as good as the whole. The American Civil War between the North and the South in the Nineteenth Century was fought to save the union of the States. Divorce breaks the unity of the family. A lie will destroy unity between friends. The blessing of unity is like a priest’s anointing and the dew which glistens on the grass in the morning sun (vv. 2-3).

In unity there is strength, whether to fight a common enemy or enjoy a common good. Sometimes we need to stand alone when we are convinced we stand for the right. Martin Luther, Martin Luther King, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer did that.

Unity is one of the characteristics of the church. When the church fights it ceases to be a safe harbor. Unity gives joy; disunity produces ulcers. We begin to understand unity when we see God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three persons yet perfectly one. Jesus prayed that all his followers be one as he and the Father are one (John 17:11). Unity is sweet to life as harmony is to an orchestra, all instruments playing as one.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, give your people one heart and one faith. Amen.