TUESDAY 9 August, 2016
The Voice of Unity
So he swayed the hearts of all the men of Judah, just as the heart of one man, so that they sent this word to the king: “Return, you and all your servants!” - 2 Samuel 19:14
David was successful, God had given him wisdom in speaking with the elders of Judah, and unity had prevailed. There was now a unanimous desire to bring back the king to his throne. David and his company were asked to return. Through God’s tender mercies peace was restored in Israel. Absalom was the cause of the disunity in the kingdom but David was the voice of unity to the nation.
Imagine how David must have felt coming back to Jerusalem––elated. But at the same time he had in his heart, Absalom––his son was everything to him––he loved him. He still carried within himself a deep and terrible grief over his death.
In the church there is so much disunity, yet we are all brethren, all one in Christ. Ephesians 4:3-6 explains and exhorts us concerning our unity:
….endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in youall.
Whereas Ephesians 4:32 gives us the practical application in keeping unity between each other as Christians: And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
As a Christian do you cause unity or disunity in the body of Christ?
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
for brethren to dwell together in unity!
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