Friends, greetings in Jesus Name! Today I will be sharing with you on what I title, “Be A Unifier Amongst Brethren”. Psalm 133 declares, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing – Life forevermore.” Have you ever thought for a moment, and examined your actions – words, attitude, and reaction towards others – and how it impact negatively or positively on their well-being. For the sake of unity and peace, how quickly are you willing to hold back, and carefully scrutinize a matter, without letting others know what Mr. A or Mrs. B has done? Do you weigh your actions to know the likely damage of revealing a piece of information can cause to a relationship? Leviticus 19:16 says, “You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I am the LORD.” Really, the Lord prohibits and detests the practice of gossiping or saying derogatory things about others.
Sometime ago, a close brother offended me, and I thought of sharing the incident to those around him. But I thought for a minute. Sharing this piece of information might cause more damage than cure. Rather than help the matter, these close friends and relatives might use this incident against him by projecting a negative attitude towards him. At this point, I asked the Lord: “Father, how would you have me deal with this matter? The Lord answered saying: Confront the brother by laying the matter before him. Immediately, I did as instructed by God. Then the brother broke down and realized how far his actions had gone in damaging his relationship with others. He actually confessed that his immediate family had complained about how his attitude was getting on their nerves. He narrated to me some of the pressures he was going through. Then I saw the angle he was coming from, and realized how inadvertently his personal challenges were getting into his relationship with others. He apologized, and our relationship blossomed immediately without letting any third party get involved in the matter. At the end we both had a deeper understanding and respect for each other.
According to Proverbs 6:16-19, “These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.”As children of God, we are called to be unifiers – peace makers – among brethren. If there is anything that the Lord hates, and that can hinder prayers, it is those who cause division amongst brethren. In other words, talebearers and busybodies, who go about tearing people before others, and making them look bad in their eyes. Matthew 5:9 says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Our mark of Sonship in Christ is predicated upon our willingness to walk in peace with others. Remember, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrew 12:14). As you go this week, resist the temptation to be offended by others, or say negative things about others that put them in a bad light. Be a Unifier – a peace maker – in your dealings with all men. Have a Fulfilled Week. With love, Elvis!