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  • Writer's pictureOlufunmilayo Adekusibe

THE BLESSING OF UNITY

 

Today’s Reading:

Psalm 133

Daniel 2:21-23

Acts 4:23-31

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!

(Psalms 133:1 AMP)

 

In a world marked by division, strife, and discord, the concept of unity stands as a beacon of hope and healing. As followers of Christ, we are called to embody this unity, not merely as a superficial agreement or conformity, but as a deep and transformative bond rooted in our shared identity in Christ.


Unity within the body of Christ is not merely a pleasant sentiment or a lofty ideal; it is a tangible expression of God's presence and power among His people.


The blessing of unity is explained in the following ways:

  1. Pleasure of Unity: The psalmist begins Psalm 133 by exclaiming, "How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!" This declaration highlights the inherent goodness and joy that accompanies unity among believers. When we come together in unity, there is a sense of camaraderie, fellowship, and shared purpose that fills our hearts with joy. Unity within the body of Christ is pleasing to God, as it reflects the unity of the triune Godhead—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When God's people dwell together in unity, it brings delight to His heart and invites His presence among us.

  2. God's Sovereignty and Unity: In Daniel's prayer of praise, we see recognition of God's sovereignty over all nations and rulers. He is the one who changes times and seasons, deposes kings, and lifts up others. Despite the shifting circumstances of the world, our unity as believers is anchored in our trust in God's sovereign control. It is a reminder that our ultimate allegiance is to the King of Kings, who unites us in His purpose.

  3. Unity in Prayer: In Acts 4, we witness the early believers facing opposition and persecution. Instead of succumbing to fear or despair, they turn to God in prayer. Their prayer is not for deliverance from suffering but for boldness to proclaim the Gospel. As they pray together, the place is shaken, and they are filled with the Holy Spirit, strengthening their unity and resolve. This passage underscores the power of united prayer in fostering unity and courage among God's people.

  4. Witness to the World: The pleasure of unity is not confined to the internal dynamics of the church; it also extends outward as a compelling witness to the world. When unbelievers see the love, harmony, and solidarity among God's people, it piques their curiosity and draws them to inquire about the source of our unity. Our joyful unity becomes a powerful testimony to the transforming power of the Gospel. In Acts 4, the early believers prayed for boldness to proclaim the Gospel in the face of opposition. Their unity in prayer resulted in a powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit, equipping them for courageous witness and fruitful ministry. Similarly, unity among believers today empowers us to fulfill the Great Commission, as we work together to advance God's kingdom and make disciples of all nations.

                                                            ESTHER ODUNAYO OYEBAMI


 

To surrender your life to Christ, say this prayer aloud: Father, thank you for Jesus Christ. Forgive my sins, take control of my heart and lead me in your righteous path by the power of Your Holy Spirit.  Thank You Lord.”

 If you said the prayer,   Congratulations! Prayerfully look for a living church and report to the resident reverend, pastor or priest.


 

Prayer:

  1. Heavenly Father, we pray for unity within our church body, that we may be knit together in love and purpose, reflecting Your heart for unity to the world around us.

  2. Lord, we lift up our nation Nigeria and pray for reconciliation and peace among all ethnic and religious groups, that Your love may unite us and bring healing to our land.

  3. Gracious God, we ask for Your protection and guidance over the children in our midst; that they may grow in faith and unity, becoming strong pillars in Your kingdom.

  4. Lord, we pray for unity and harmony within our families, that Your love may reign in our relationships and bring restoration where there is brokenness.

  5. Father, we lift up families experiencing division or strife, asking for Your grace to heal wounds and mend relationships that Your peace may reign in every home.

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