God: is author of unity….
Acts 21:17 (KJV) “And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly”.
A verse in the psalms reads like this, “how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell in unity” (Psalm 133:1) and using the word “brethren” is a loose interpretation in terms of family or being one in the Lord. Nevertheless, unity and bonding is a pastime that we ought not to take likely.
We all have various things happening in our lives which would of course take more than a world to list, but is a gift which we cannot take for granted no matter what is happening chaotically around us. At times we tend to lash out at the familiar support systems when the weird props up, but logically, this is the time when appreciation and respect for foundational landmarks in our lives.
Unity doesn’t necessarily have to be acquainted with relationships that are of long standing proportions, for God has a way of bringing new contacts into our lives and they come for just a season, but there is a rationale behind the meeting: learn to appreciate, accept and respect the divine connection.
In our reading we see the brethren in the New Testament uniting and combining fellowship with travels as they spread the word. One thing impacts me as I read: thy received them gladly. They could have heard of them or they might not have even heard or met them previously in their lives, but the unifying theme which brought them together and allowed them to great strangers with love and fellowship was the message of Jesus.
There was not distinction between this church or that temple or that fellowship hall; they knew the man Christ Jesus and that was the message being spread and that was the key to promote unity.
We have so many churches, so many different foundations, so many spirits being disseminated, yet it is the one Christ who gave His life for me, for us; how difficult it is to find His name among the various agendas today in the churches.
My prayer even now as I write: Father in the name of Jesus your only son who was obedient to death on the cross; let your bride get ready for your return and that in the unity and purity which you desire, in Jesus name, Amen.
New trivia: a king fasted for one of God’s beloved sons; who are these two individuals?