Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
Dwelling in Unity
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. ". . . Behold, how good and how pleasant
Grace to you.
for brethren to dwell together in unity!" (Psalm 133:1).
How pleasant it has been to dwell in unity.
Proverbs 6 tells us about seven things which are an abomination unto the LORD. The seventh is ". . . he that soweth discord among brethren" (Proverbs 6:19). Earlier in chapter 6 it tells us that two of the characteristics of "[a] naughty person, a wicked man" (Proverbs 6:12) are, ". . . he deviseth mischief continually, he soweth discord" (Proverbs 6:14).
I asked my wife what is discord in music. She told me that it is two chords in conflict. Have you ever heard how discord sounds in music? Have you seen how discord affects families, how it affects the church?
How do we maintain unity and the sweet song that is harmony? Paul admonishes us, saying: "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness with
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also
ye. And above all these things,
charity, which is the
bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
- Colossians 3:12-16
How wonderful it is to dwell in unity. How wonderful it is for our families to dwell together in unity. To dwell together in unity is a choice we each make as we yield our rights to the Lord.
longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Ephesians 4:1-3). He tells us in his letter to the Colossians: