Prayer for the day
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his mercy endures for ever.
Scripture for the day
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”
What a beautiful (and true) sentiment the Psalmist proffers to the people of Israel. How beautiful it is when the people of God live together in unity. Unity is something that the modern Christian community has certainly sought, but also something that we’ve missed. We seek for unity, but we miss it so often.
The Psalmist encourages the Israelites by letting them know how important it is that they understand how they belong to one another, and that their love and care for each other actually pleases God. It’s not simply good for them, it’s not simply that it makes THEM happy, but their unity is a blessing to the nations around them, it is a blessing to them, and it glorifies the God they claim to serve.
Paul takes the concept of unity to a very specific point as he seeks to correct the excesses and inequalities present in the church in Corinth. Their problem had to do largely with their inability to recognize the inherent connection between all of them, the humility that required them to treat each other as they would want to be treated.
Jesus taught his disciples what we now call the Golden Rule, that we ought to treat others how we want to be treated, but Paul’s application of this principle takes a very severe turn as he chastises the Christians of Corinth for treating one another very poorly.
They had been eating and drinking the Lord’s Supper improperly, refusing to wait for the poorer and getting drunk and full before others could begin to eat because of their poverty.
Paul demands that they start to look at each other as Christ sees them, in the same boat, totally reliant on God for everything they are.
His words echo down to us today. May we glorify God in how we treat each other.