Oct 8th 2021 · Day 281
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‘Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!’ says David in Psalm 133:1.
I often have to work with a project team to reach our end goal. This can consist of many elements working together. At times there can be a division within the team; the right components need to work with one another to complete the end result.
Sometimes we can be asked to work with people that we wouldn’t normally associate with or feel that we have anything in common with. That can be true when we are involved in projects or ministries within the Church, too. Then, we have to remember that we are all part of one body, as 1 Corinthians 12 reminds us.
Still, no matter what background we come from or whether we have similar personalities or not, we are called to unity. We all have our part to play, and we need to work in harmony with one another. One of the ways we can damage that unity is by the words we say – sometimes to a person, and sometimes about them to other people.
James 3 instructs us to keep a tight rein on our tongue. The writer also talks about other things that can disturb our unity – for example, ‘jealousy and selfish ambition’ (v. 16). Verse 18 goes on to say that ‘a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace’.
We need to bring peace into our relationships, even if we don’t always see eye-to-eye with others!
Pause and reflect: Are there any circumstances in your life where you feel a lack of unity? Talk to God about this. How can you bring God’s peace to that situation?
Beth is recently married to her husband Sam and works as a project manager for the NHS. Beth has an amazing heart for children’s ministry and heads up Victory Kids and associated ministries. She loves to travel and is writing for BIAY once again in 2021.
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