“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore” (Psalm 133). There isn’t another resemblance between the idea of anointing with oil and that of harmony among brethren than that which is derived from the joyousness connected with such an anointing. God compares our fellowship, with each other (the brethren), with the aroma of the precious ointment poured upon the high priest; reminiscent of our Lord Jesus Christ-the Great High Priest.
It seems, many times, that no group of Christians can get along with each other. This is a great affront to our Lord. There isn’t a believer alive that hasn’t heard of strife amongst the brethren; or have experienced it personally. Much of it has to do with pride. We humans tend to prefer ourselves; rather than others. We want the limelight. “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). One theologian says, “Believers are one in Christ…let’s avoid being in a little exclusive clique.” Unfortunately, we have a lot of cliques in our churches today. Many people would rather be big fish in little ponds than little fish in big ponds. How much better it is for all believers to “dwell together in unity!” I say amen. Think of what we could accomplish if fully united for the cause of Christ.
It is painful to be stung by fellow believers, but we have to realize that man has let us down and not God. The only way to counter it, is to move on and seek a more sincere fellowship. Once there, we must humble ourselves, cultivate a servant’s heart and enjoy the brethren God has given us. Paramount to success would be for us to personally strive to ‘dwell in peace and unity’. We simply must keep our attitude in check. Everybody has bad-hair days- even bald people! We have to constantly pray for each other and remind ourselves that the most important thing for a church family is to love the brethren and appreciate the gift from the Father.