Long ago, the Psalmist declared, "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" (Psa. 133:1). There is truly a difference in dwelling together and dwelling together in unity. Consider a few Bible thoughts on brotherly unity.
1. Jesus Prayed For It. Jesus, concerned about His disciples prayed, "that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You..." (Jn. 17:21). Jesus desires accord among believers.
2. Paul Pleaded For It. To the church at Corinth where strife existed, Paul wrote "now I plead with you, brethren... ...that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you" (1 Cor. 1:10). Paul begged like-mindedness of these saints.
3. God Gave The Pattern For It. Godís word contains the pattern whereby unity is possible. It involves respecting the seven "ones" of Ephesians 4: there is one body, Spirit, hope, Lord, faith, baptism, and God (Eph. 4:4-6). God expects harmonious acceptance of these truths in his people.
May we always be "endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Eph. 4:3). To God be the glory!