"How Good and How Pleasant"

Donald Willis
Wichita Falls, Texas

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity." (Psalm 133:1).

How pleasant to witness children playing together in concord. How enjoyable an harmonious family reunion.

Unity in the kingdom of God is not only good and pleasant, it is commanded. Jesus prayed (John 17:20-21) that all disciples be "one". Paul commanded by the authority of Jesus Christ that ". . . ye all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you . . ." (I Cor. 1:10).

Brethren should not bicker nor fight among themselves. "But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another" (Galatians 5:15). Strife and divisions are manifestations of carnality. (I Cor. 3:3).

When one opposes another, imaginary charges will be raised. The emotion of hatred ignites. Unkind words are spoken. Friendships that have developed over decades are broken.

Thomas Carlyle said, "Men's hearts ought not to be set against one another, but set with one another, and against evil only." A great truth is herein stated. Christians need to set their hearts "...with one another" One God is their Father. One hope sustains them. One aim directs them.

Let the church attack Satan. People are today hungering for truth. A door of opportunity will be opened for you this week. Let each pull together for the conversion of the world to Christ.

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity."

May 27, 1971