Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! Psalm 133:1
I was watching Joyce Meyer one morning and she was talking about how she spent her days being spiritual and praising God listening to worship music and then her kids and husband came home and she said she went from spiritual to acting like the devil. Oh how I can relate, it seems so easy to keep our peace and just praise God and then someone interrupts that. How many opportunities in a day do you believe that you have to lose your peace with someone? The kids come home from school and they are fighting, one brings home a note from the teacher about homework that has not been turned in, your husband has had a bad day and he is grouchy and he wants to know when dinner is going to be ready. You find yourself standing in line a long time, all the while its your turn only to be told that they can’t help you and you need to go stand in the other line!!! An innocent conversation that you were having with a friend turns to offense because you said something that they took wrong. How about in the marketplace, you find out that a co-worker has thrown you under the bus so that they look good to the boss or when all you have is angry customers calling all day long!!! The opportunities are endless. I have come to realize that every time I encounter someone whether on a personal level or business, an opportunity for someone to lose their peace or to be offended is closer than we think. There is a reason that God says how good and pleasant it is to dwell together in unity. We have an enemy and Jesus tells us that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. Satan perverts everything that is of God and everything that is good. God created us for relationship and he says it is good. The enemy’s reciprocal is to cause division and he goes after to destroy relationships of all kinds. God’s word also says that if ANY two of can agree as touching anything on earth, that it will be granted! There is power of unity and agreement. If the enemy can divide and separate, then our power is diluted and then of course we receive the opposite of what is good and pleasant. We have bad and unpleasant. I am not perfect, but I try to put my armor on when dealing with people. I feel that it is my responsibility to do whatever I can to protect the unity because I know there is a war for my relationships. This is going to be easier said than done especially if we are being mistreated, but God’s word says in Psalms that if our ways our pleasing to the Lord, he will cause our enemies to be at peace with us. I don’t know about you, but I need that supernatural peace from my enemies. Are there some relationships where you know you need to rise higher and protect the unity? Is there someone you need to forgive? Do you need someone to forgive you? Let’s elevate our thinking and remember that God’s ways are higher than ours and if he says that unity is blessed, then let’s do whatever it takes to dwell in that unity.