Daily Devotional: Psalms 133:1-3
1 How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron's beard, down upon the collar of his robes. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.
1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
Think back to a time when you spent a day (or maybe more) with someone you loved and when it was over, you realized there was not a cross word between the two of you. What a precious memory! It may have been a reunion or a vacation or just a short trip together, but the time spent in unity was more important than the things seen or done. How wonderful to share this unity with others!
Many seem to have lost the ability to disagree and still be one in unity. We can disagree and not be disagreeable. We may not see things the same but we are still brothers and sisters and should act like it. We must realize that our ideas or even our beliefs are not infallible and we may be wrong. To think that the whole world has to submit to my thinking or my viewpoint is evil pride at its worst.
Even when we know we are right and it is a matter of conviction for us, we should still be able to disagree with someone, love them and share our world with them. It does not matter if we are talking politics, religion, social justice, or environment we should be able to be friends and treat each other like friends, not enemies.
The truth is that we grow when we discuss our disagreement with someone. This should cause us to rethink our position and question our reasoning. If we reach the same conclusion we had in the beginning after an honest evaluation, we have just confirmed our belief. If we see we were wrong and are mature enough to admit it and change, we have grown in so doing. Remember, we can be wrong.
Heavenly Father it is such a blessing to know that you have revealed all truth in Jesus and thus in your word. Give me wisdom to understand it properly but grace to realize that I can be wrong. Help me show love and respect to others, even when I disagree with them. Help me to be willing to study and rethink anything that I currently believe but to be honest with the evidence that is presented and never compromise the truth. Take my pride from me so I will consider others better than myself and look out for their interest. I pray in Jesus name.