“To live above with those we love, O that will be glory! But to live below with those we know, now that’s a different story!”—Unknown
Unity is hard to come by, even in the family of God. Paul had received word of quarrels in the church at Corinth (1 Corinthians 1:11). He pleaded with a couple of ladies in Philippi to get along with each other (Philippians 4:2).
Whenever we begin to think that our own congregation has problems, we might take comfort in remembering that the churches mentioned in the New Testament had similar struggles.
However, that is no excuse for not striving for unity and harmony. Jesus says, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34). Paul wrote, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3).
Let’s do whatever we can to promote peace in our churches. Let’s be slow to anger and quick to forgive.
“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!”—Psalm 133:1.