"Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!" - Psalm 133:1 (ESV)
My dad loved people. We would often have unexpected visitors come and stay for dinner, much to the stress of my mother. We often had people living with us as well. As a pastor's kid, and now as an associate pastor, I've seen the opposite of this verse. I've seen family members, friends, and Christian brothers and sisters who absolutely can't hardly stand looking at each other. I'm ashamed to admit it, but I've also felt this way towards others at times too. But oh what joy, power, and blessing there is when there is unity, reconciliation, forgiveness, grace, mercy, camaraderie, fellowship, and celebration. Thankfully, I've also experience this as well - missions trips, college dorms, Bible Quiz team, other friends, my marriage. Given the choice, I'll take the latter every single time. Why is it that sometimes I don't? Jesus, thank you for being patient with me when I'm a jerk to your children. Thank you for showing me grace and mercy. Thanks for allowing me to see a glimpse of the unity you desire for all of your church.
For some reason a sermon my dad gave on this passage has stuck with me for many years.