January 25

January 25


“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” – Psalm 133:1.

See what brotherly kindness and love can do.  They bind together things which seem far apart.

They are like the holy anointing oil—the priestly oil of consecration and devotement.  On Aaron’s head it was poured, and it streamed down to the lowliest blue fringe of his garments.  That lofty, deep-thinking, venerable head; and this far-off riband of blue that kisses the ground itself—they are made one by the oil which sanctifies them both.  So love unites with the weakest member of Christ’s body.  Nay, it links Christ Himself, the merciful and faithful High Priest, to whom Aaron is but as moonlight until sunlight—it links Him by blessed bonds never to be broken with the least of His little ones.

Or they are like the dew.  It falls on great and snowy Hermon far in the north of Palestine; it falls, too, on the lowly slopes and crests of Zion in the distant south; it is a benediction which they enjoy together and which renders them close of in—it makes them both hills of the same Holy Land.  Lord, baptize me with the refreshing dews of love.  Then, if through Thy grace I tower high in the Kingdom, I shall still think well and tenderly of my humbler brothers.  And, if I am small and humble, I shall delight to remember that others climb to nobler heights than I; in my shadows I shall know that the day is near when I see their shining foreheads lighted with the early sun.

Love makes one spirit out of two.  Love spans all gulfs and distances.

Dr. Alexander Smellie

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