How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
Psalm 133:1 (NIV)
Living together can be a real challenge. We rarely get our way and always need to be sensitive to the needs of others. But something tells me if we are going to be “All for One”, God wouldn’t have it any other way.
I grew up in a middle class North American family as the fifth of seven children. I know something about living together. We shared one bathroom. We shared bedrooms. We even shared small fries at McDonalds. My mother deserved a Nobel Peace Prize for her “you cut, I choose” rule when it came to splitting a banana. I thank God so much for growing up Number 5 in that family. I never had to unlearn insisting on my way because I never got my way. As densely as that house was populated, we lived in peace with one another. It was, as the Psalmist writes, “good and pleasant”.
Why was living together so pleasant in the household in which I grew up? Because my parents, especially my mom, pursued peace. She didn’t just love peace (everyone loves peace!), she pursued it. If we are going to be “All for One” we, too, need to be peace pursuers. We need to be very intentional to find ways to live together in peace with others who are different from us. Maybe we need to come up with our modern-day applications of “you cut, I choose”.
Embrace living together as you pursue peace. It can happen if you are committed to “All for One”.
Lord, let this reader and I be “All for One”, and may we pursue peace as the means to good and pleasant living together.
This is the first in the “Pursue Peace” series of blog posts.