Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Stepping Up: Week 6 - Day 2

Day 2 - A United Family of Man

Psalm 133
1 How wonderful and pleasant it is
when brothers live together in harmony!
2 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.
3 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.

The lesson today talks about family unity and the idea that God placed us within our specific family for a reason. We can choose our friends and generally we make friendships with people that we prefer to be around.  However, we cannot choose our family, we are stuck with them, but this can be good for us.  The lesson stated "if we only choose to be around those who require virtually nothing hard from us, what will prompt us (force us) to change."

Of course we can also choose to not be around those family members that are hard to be around. But is that what we are supposed to do?  No, God has put these family members permanently in our lives for a reason.  That reason may be to require you to change something about yourself.

If you are estranged from any family member you need to seriously evaluate why that is and what you can do to change the situation. God is telling us in this Psalm that living in harmony with our family is as precious as the oil used to dedicate priests to God's service.

In Psalm 23 God anoints our heads with oil too. We are called into that same service and part of that service to God is to ensure harmony and unity within our families. This may seem an impossible task, especially in some situations, but think of what you can do to promote harmony or at least not provoke further disunity!

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