Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!
Growing up with three younger brothers (since I was 7), this is a Psalm my mom forced us to read over and over again when unity between us did not exist. I used to hate it! But this isn’t just talking about being nice to people and not straight up punching them in the face when you feel like it. Being unified in the spirit is so much more than that. As you read Psalm 133:1, think about what your life should look like as a Christ Follower dwelling in unity with your brothers/sisters, having the same goals, values, and agenda being directed by the Holy Spirit.
Before Jesus changed the world and its fate forever with his ministry, he gathered his disciples, assembling the GSOAT (greatest squad of time). But seriously though, pretty much wherever he went, they were there. Even when Jesus met with Moses and Elijah at the transfiguration he brought Peter, James, and John.
Since we are Christ followers, wouldn’t it make sense to structure our lives based on his? Who are your closest friends? Will they have your back when you stand up for Christ? Will they be there to pray with you? Do they have the same agenda Jesus has laid out for your life?
When you walk through the halls of your school, you have some of the best opportunities in your life to share the Gospel. This is why it is so important to have real friends by your side to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). It’s not easy to live your life based on the fact you are forgiven, and now living for Christ. So how do you expect to do it when the people who influence you the most have no idea what that looks like? It is vital that you surround yourself with people who support you, build you up, encourage you in your walk in all ways, especially prayer, and ultimately help you share the gospel.
We’re not called to take on this broken world by ourselves, so don’t set yourself up to fail. Ask God to show you the people who are supposed to be in your life.
WRITTEN BY: JOSH SCHNEIDER
1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is when God’s people dwell in unity!
24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
- Christians are called not to live or follow Jesus in isolation. Why do you think this is what God wants for His people?
- Think about your closet friends. How are they in influencing your life? Are they helping your relationship with God, and living lives that share the Gospel? Or are they distracting you from God and the importance of sharing the Gospel?
- In what ways can you influence the people and friends around you to “dwell in unity” and focus on God?
- Read John 13:35. What is the ultimate example of unity and community? Why is it important that other people know you are Jesus’ disciple?