Psalm 133:1, NIV 2011
1 How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!
There could be no happier moment than to write a Bible 365 Reflection again on my blog. Reading carefully the reading selection for Bible 365 today, I could not help but notice Psalm 133:1. It has been a passage that I came across from time to time, memorable is the last lesson I taught in the mid-teens Sunday School half a decade ago and a short devo in a small get-together of campus leaders from various churches. I cannot help but connect it to the preaching lesson of Senior Pastor, Dr. Larry Pabiona yesterday. In what could be a detailed moment of Christ in deep prayer, he prayed for the unity of his present and future. What could unite the diverse people of God? Love, the love of God and the love of His people. Love sets above the laws of God by which obedience can only be possible.
For decades, love has not been a defining feature of the Church. Countless wars, schisms and heresies have oppressed the body of Christ. In the guise of the love of God, a few men slaughtered many while in the guise of the love of God’s people, a few have deviated from God’s teaching. Few realized that in order for one to love God fully, he must love His people fully and in order to love His people fully, he must love God fully. The evidence of perfected love is the unity of His people. What can be a more beautiful image than to see God’s people from every tribe, tongue, culture in peace and worshipping God together. O, that must be a beautiful sight to behold when Christ comes again fulfilling the perfect image of His fellowship in this psalm.