“How good and pleasant it is
when brothers live together in unity!
It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down upon the collar of his robes” (Psalm 133:1-2, NIV).
Those we love the most often wound us the deepest. Something terribly important is taken lightly, misconstrued, or misunderstood. On some issues we may never see things eye to eye with those that matter most. Resolution seems out of reach. We need validation.
Why is it so hard for others to understand how we feel? Why can’t they see things our way? My husband and I were having a heated discussion on our way to church. Neither of us felt like going.
The verse that was read was. “How good and pleasant it is when brothers, live together in unity.”
How do we reach that unity? Where is the balance between being able to accept our differences and respect each other’s point of view?
What about the hurt Lord?
God never demands that I urgently accept his point of view. Instead He whispers. Go beyond yourself, in fact—get over yourself. Stop and consider the oil—precious anointing oil — freely poured over acrimonious words, over injured hearts.
Myrrh is found in anointing oil. It has many medicinal uses. In ancient times it was used for cleaning wounds and sores. I have some gaping wounds today Lord. Because myrrh was used in the embalming or anointing of the dead, it represents mortality, suffering, and sorrow. God understands our sorrow. But He calls us to dwell in unity. He has provided the gentle oil of his presence that is freely poured out for us. We just need to be willing to get over ourselves and receive.
Dear Father, when sorrow and sadness brought on by divisions arise, when I feel wounded Lord, when words cut deep, help me to release them to you Lord. I receive your anointing oil, the oil of unity, the precious lubricant that you rub onto the grinding cogs of my heart. Help me to extend the oil of unity to those I love.
Questions: Do you need the oil of unity poured over your life today? Is there someone you need to extend the oil of unity to?
About the author Beverley Rayner