By Marni Montanez
Psalm 133:1 Complete Jewish Bible
Oh, how good, how pleasant it is for brothers to live together in harmony.
When God first created the human race He envisioned people living as one, united under His umbrella of peace. He designed us for fellowship with Him and others, but knew that we would need help in achieving this kind of harmonious life together. He not only knows our weakness, but designed us with vulnerabilities that kept us dependent upon Him. This dependence was a sure way of keeping us turning to God.
Many times in scripture there is reference to being one in Spirit; this oneness was characterized in the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit along with believers. This kind of unity is extremely important to God and should be to us. God is peace and wants peace between us. He is relational and brought us into this world to have relationship with Him and each other. The sacrifice of Jesus made it possible to fulfill Godís plan of making us one with Him. To God it is endearing to see His children getting along and standing as brothers and sisters who love and care for one another.
True harmony is a lifestyle of balance with God which affects our encounters with other people. From this balance or harmony with God, Instead of blaming, we are able to forgive and pray for them who have offended us. This is difficult at first, because we believe we are entitled to feel self-pity or self-righteous when we experience offense, but as we let go of our self or carnal nature, it becomes a way of life to walk with God and others in harmonious peace. Jesus did this quite easily because He was and is One with the Father. His relationship with God was first and foremost and branched out into His interactions with people. This is the same for us.
Challenge: When you feel that you have lost your harmony with God or others ask God to show you your part and allow your soul to be bathed in His presence. Every offense dulls in the light of God.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.