How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! – (Psalm 133:1, NIV)
Oh how wonderful, how pleasing it is when God’s people come together as one! – (Psalm 133:1, ERV)
How truly wonderful and delightful it is to see brothers and sisters living together in sweet unity! – (Psalm 133:1, TPT)
There is nothing quite so sweet as when a group of people lives, works, and goes about their days in unity. Unity does not mean that all see eye-to-eye on all things, but rather that there is mutual respect and appreciation, as all are aiming for a similar goal. If we love, respect and prefer one another, unity naturally follows. God was intentional in how we were each designed. We each have strengths and purposes that contribute to the whole when we exist in community. May we ever pursue peace as we navigate each new day with the intent to love well, so that we may walk in unity with those whom God has placed around us.
United in peace,
Surrounded in love;
God grant us the grace,
To walk well with love.
For we were designed,
To live side by side;
Shoulder to shoulder,
With God as our guide.
He shows us the way,
To live and love best;
Care for each other,
Give grace and find rest.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You created each of us for community. Thank You that You show us how to live and love in a way that brings unity. Forgive us for the times that we have not sought to see others through Your eyes. Teach us to turn to You first, so that we may gain perspective and capacity to listen and love. Show us how to love those around us best, so that all may feel included and valued in the community. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You to lead us to live and love in a way that unites and brings peace. Amen.
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. – Ephesians 4:3