Strange Similes and Church Unity

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March 24

I was convicted last week to pray more for my church body.

I forget how critical and beautiful it is “when brothers dwell in unity” (Ps. 133:1). Psalm 133 goes on to depict this unity with two similes: Anointing oil dripping down Aaron’s beard, and sweet dew on the mountains of Zion.

At a glance, the images seem strange. But David’s poetry here is rich and deep.

The church dwelling in Christlike unity is a sign of our set-apartness—our anointment as a “royal priesthood, a holy nation” (1 Pt. 2:9a). This harmony is sweet and nourishing, like dew on the heights. It reaps growth and brings “blessing, life forevermore” (Ps. 133:3).

Unity in the church also proclaims God’s excellencies to our communities (1 Pt. 2:9b). This harmony is key to a church that glorifies Christ as his Bride.

How do you pray for unity in your church?

Your sister,

Bethany J.

4 thoughts on “Strange Similes and Church Unity

  1. I also was recently convicted to pray more for our pastor and the church. I pray for the church as a whole and for our church specifically. I also pray for the families in the church, that couples would draw closer to God and closer to each other, and that God would turn the hearts of the fathers (and mothers) to the children and the children to the fathers (and mothers.) I really just focus on relationships and spiritual growth basically. 🙂

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  2. In a book I read last year, it talked about how communion time is a wonderful time to pray for the unity of the church as you all partake of the body and blood of Christ. I had never thought about it that way before and it really brought fresh light to the beauty of communion.

    Also, on unity: my pastor has been talking about evangelism and outreach lately and he brought up a really important point. He was saying that most people who were drawn to the Church or just our church were drawn NOT because they were convinced that they were wrong and we were right. They were drawn to church because when they saw how much we all loved one another they knew that either there must be a God because of this beautiful love or they wanted to understand what could possibly create such a truly unifying love. A young mother of three in our church was diagnosed with stage four cancer in the end of last summer. They now tell stories of how unbelievers looked on amazed as our church wrapped around them with love and support. It is quite possible that they would not have come to Christ if it weren’t for the testament of God’s unifying love from the church.

    Our unity is so important for our witness! And it is so important in our own lives to pray for the unity of the church.
    “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” -John 13:35

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