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Unity glorifies God and is for our betterment as individuals and as a body.

Key Points:

  • What is the difference between “good” and “pleasant?” Good is what ought to be, pleasant is what we want to be.
  • What is good is what God requires, what is pleasant is what we rejoice in. What is good is our duty, what is pleasant is our delight.
  • Paying our taxes is good, but not necessarily pleasant! Unity is good, but it is also pleasant.
  • Unity has different aspects. Theological, spiritual, financial, sexual, etc. When we break fidelity in one of these areas, disunity often results.
  • Unity is rooted in the glorification of God. God is good and pleasant and following him is always good for us and often – but not always – pleasant.
  • When we are unified in our churches, it is good and pleasant.

Bible Text:

Psalm 133:1-3 How [good] and pleasant it is when brothers live together in [unity]! For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe. Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting.

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Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. In what was have you seen good and pleasant unity in your church? Explain.
  3. Does your church honor the people who serve faithfully and foster unity? Explain.
  4. What have you seen happen to a church when unity falls by the wayside?
  5. Read Psalm 133:1. Do you agree that “good” and “pleasant” have two different functions – one meaning “ought” and the other meaning “desirable” – in this text? Why or why not?
  6. In what ways can your church better foster good and pleasant unity?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.