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“How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!”—Psalm 133:1 (NLT)

I remember the day a couple from church invited my husband and I to live with them. We were in our early twenties, and I was going through a serious medical treatment while pregnant with our first child. Life was hard. Actually, at the time, it felt like there was no way we could crawl out from underneath the financial burdens that were thrown our way. Pregnancy, disease, doctor’s bills, loss of a job . . . you name it, we were feeling that invisible wall crashing down around us.

And that’s when the offer came.

One Sunday morning after our marriage class, this young couple took us to lunch and extended the invitation to move in rent-free. We had only known them for few months, but this seemed like God’s hand reaching out in a very unique way to offer relief. We lived with them for six months, and boy did we need their support not only for the living arrangement, but for the constant companionship and godly counsel, too. How amazing is our Heavenly Father when He orchestrates love and kindness and unity like this? Honestly, I’m not sure we would have ever opened our home to semi-strangers like they did. But we learned a valuable lesson: God loves to bless believers when they live in harmony. That’s why He says it’s wonderful and pleasant, and emphasizes this fact with an exclamation mark at the end of Psalm 133:1.

Our key verse explains the joy that engulfs us when Christians choose to come together and support one another without any strings attached. Opening your home is an extreme example—one that this couple had diligently prayed about for some time until the idea wouldn’t go away. However, in keeping with this same idea of living in harmony, there are many ways we can benefit from this biblical principle.

In our day-to-day interactions, we can choose kindness when we help our neighbor with a minor home repair, or listen to a hurting friend in desperate need of prayer or encouragement, or a bag of groceries, or even something as small as opening the door for an elderly woman at church.

God loves to bless us. He loves to use the gifts He’s given us to shower others with kindness. And our Heavenly Father beams when we live harmoniously. That’s what He’s called us to do: love others as He has loved us (John 15:12).

That’s the hand of Christ reaching out through our flesh and blood.

That’s showing true unity.

And that’s the ultimate form of brotherly love.

DIG: Christ calls us to dwell together in harmony. What does this mean to you?

DISCOVER: Meditate on Romans 12:10, John 13:34, and 1 Peter 3:8.

DISPLAY: What steps did God whisper for you to take when reading these Scriptures or devotional today? Pray about what you feel you should do to show brotherly love.