Aren’t your ears aching for such peaceful bliss and your soul thirsty for this soothing tranquility?
BK and Caleb have, again, drawn me into a deeper understanding of melodious union with God.
As a member of the Body of Christ.
All too often I hope for such richness of revelation to be instantly absorbed with little effort on my part.
I am met, each time, with reality.
Last week, Caleb asked me to read a Psalm that struck a chord in him. He informed me it sounded like a Proverb.
Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle?
Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
He who walks uprightly,
And works righteousness,
And speaks the truth in his heart;
He who does not backbite with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;
In whose eyes a vile person is despised,
But he honors those who fear the Lord;
He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
He who does not put out his money at usury,
Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be moved.
I spent hours digging into the nuggets of truth in these five verses.
The glaring truth of the third verse pierced my consciousness.
Such people don’t say bad things about others.
They don’t do things to hurt their neighbors.
They don’t tell shameful things about those close to them.
Matthew Henry elaborated. The character of the follower of Christ,
Makes not others’ faults the subject of his common talk.
He makes the best of every body
And the worst of nobody.
And John Calvin magnified the truth of the disease and lust of [backbiting].
Good men should not allow themselves to indulge in detraction.
Indulging in ridiculing and running down another’s name.
A disease of discord and cacophony.
A few days later, BK added weight to the conviction as he dove into the waters of unity in his Sunday sermon.
God’s Spirit manifesting through us as gifts to be used in the Body of Christ.
The church functioning together in harmony.
With motives to bring glory to God. Not to elevate self.
Advancing the name of God. Not building the name of Cristal.
Making the best of the other members in the Body.
Not biting chunks from their unsuspecting backs.
The hand working alongside the wrist. Not the shoulder betraying the arm.
Blending the chords of unity with other believers to create a melodious song.