Words from the Heart for Sunday July 7th, 2019
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
Psalm 133:1 (NIV)
Living in Unity
The Canadian Unity Task Force was established in 1977 by the federal government in response to the election of a sovereignty-oriented Québec government. It was co-chaired by Jean-Luc Pepin, former federal Liberal minister, and John Robarts, former Conservative premier of Ontario. Its purpose was to gather opinions about the problems of unity in the country, to publicize efforts being made to solve those problems and to advise the government on how to strengthen national unity. Its 1979 report, among other things, recommended that language rights be left to provincial jurisdiction, that federal power be reduced (except in the area of economic management) and that the Senate be replaced with a Council of the Federation appointed by provincial governments.
When sin entered into the human heart and spread from there into the entirety of God’s creation, it divided. First, it separated us from our God and we have been searching for Him ever since. Next it separated us from each other. It was manifested so horribly when Cain killed his brother Abel. I can’t imagine how that must have crushed their parents, our first parents, Adam and Eve. So God has been doing all He can to bring about reconciliation, between Himself and every man, woman and child on the planet, and between individuals. No wonder the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 133:1, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” Those that have been redeemed by the shed blood of Jesus are called to live lives that show the world the transformation that the Lord has made. That redemption not only transforms our relationship with God, but it ought to transform our relationship with each other in the family of God. How can you show that today?
These have been words from the heart.