Bible Society of South Africa
Neville Turley

Gems from the Psalms – Day 17

United despite our differences

Bible text(s)

In Praise of Living in Peace

1How wonderful it is, how pleasant,

for God's people to live together in harmony!

Psalms 133:1GNBOpen in Bible reader

5After all, who is Apollos? And who is Paul? We are simply God's servants, by whom you were led to believe. Each one of us does the work which the Lord gave him to do: 6I sowed the seed, Apollos watered the plant, but it was God who made the plant grow.

1 Corinthians 3:5-6GNBOpen in Bible reader

20For where two or three come together in my name, I am there with them.”

Matthew 18:20GNBOpen in Bible reader

It is mind boggling to think that every human being who has ever trod on this planet was or is a person in their own right, with a unique personality and distinctive traits. Our individual fingerprints are proof that we are all different.

Sometimes, those differences can lead to tensions, bickering and quarrelling, even between God’s people. Yet, there can also be strength in diversity. Each one does the work which the Lord gave him to do. I (Paul) sowed the seed, Apollos watered the plant, but it was God who made the plant grow. (1 Corinthians 3:5-6)

Only the devil’s interests are served when believers argue and put each other down.

The persons who serve God best are the ones who develop the qualities they have been given. Rather than arguing with other Christians, they should also be encouraging them to develop their God-given talents.

A thought to ponder: Christians should never forget who is also present when they meet. “For where two or three come together in my name, I am there with them.” (Matthew 18:20)

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