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Day 3 – Issue 41

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Be Still Know

Matthew 18.19-20 NLT

Jesus said, “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”

The Church is not just a gathering of people who respect Jesus, like a Jesus appreciation society where people meet to say how much he means to them. It is infinitely more than that because, when his followers come together, Jesus is actually present. That means incredibly powerful things can happen when we meet. The key to our meetings is unity. The Greek word used here for agreeing (sumphonesosin) gives us the English word symphony, which means to agree in sound, or to be in harmony with one another. God longs to bless us powerfully but that can only happen when our thinking is in line with one another and with his will.

Unity is always of crucial importance for the people of God. By unity we don’t mean uniformity, in which everyone thinks and acts in the same way. Uniformity actually militates against true unity, which needs each individual to bring their own special gifts and perspectives. Unity occurs when we all look to God together and find our place of meeting in him. Psalm 133 describes the desirability of this kind of unity in a beautiful way. “How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe.

Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting.” These words would have been sung by pilgrims as they made their way up to worship God in Jerusalem.

As we meet in unity with other Christians, whatever the context and however many people are present, Jesus is with us in the power of his Spirit and we should be really excited at what he will be able to do amongst us.

Question: When have you experienced the power of Christian unity?

Prayer: Lord God, thank you that you call us into unity. Please give us the strength to maintain it. Amen

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