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Date: September 21

Category: New Life in God

Matthew 18:19-20
"Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven. For wherever two or three are gathered (drawn together as My followers) in (into) My name, there I AM in the midst of them."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiWhen you read the previous verses, you can see that Jesus taught about forgiveness. So when your brother sins against you, you are to show him his fault. But you're not to publicly condemn him; you are to approach him privately and correct him. (verse 15) But if that brother doesn't want to listen to you, then you are to take one or two other people with you and confront him together. (verse 16) If he still doesn't listen, then you are to publicly tell the church. (verse 17) If he still refuses to listen at that point, then he is not your brother.

Then in verse 19 we read that Jesus says, "Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven. In other words, there is power in agreement. When two or more believers gather together in unity, then Jesus is amongst them and whatever they have asked for will be done for them. When people are united in agreement with each other, they can achieve and accomplish anything, far greater things than they could ever accomplish if they were by themselves. But when there is disunity, there is chaos.

Think of a symphony and all the different types of instruments. When every musician comes together and plays the same song in one accord, then they produce beautiful music. But if every musician played their own music and made up their own notes, then there would be no harmony, no unity, and no agreement. Out of that, there can't be any beautiful music. So agreement is very important.

Let's say for example that a husband and wife agree about how to raise their children. There is such great power in their agreement. Successful families are a result of unity within the household. One of the worst things for a child is disunity between his mother and father. Another thing that a husband and wife should agree on is money. If they both agree on financial issues, such as how to handle money, how to spend money, how to give money, and how to save money, then their agreement will bring success into their finances. But if they disagree and pull in different directions with their money, then they will not be able to increase and prosper.

Let's say for example that you are in a business with other people. When everyone who is involved in that business (from the chief owner right down to the least important employee) is in agreement with the goals and vision of the business, then that business will grow and become prosperous. As the business grows and increases, everyone involved in the business will grow and increase as well. There is power in agreement. But if you have people in a business pulling in different directions and not sharing the same vision, then that business cannot grow to its full potential.

So Jesus is saying here that there is great power in agreement, power to help you achieve far greater things than you could possibly achieve on your own. I'm involved in mission's work on the Balkans. But I can't do as much on my own as I am able to do with the help, support and prayers of others. I can preach the Gospel, but I also need funds to provide humanitarian aid and Christian literature for the people there. That's where the partners of the ministry come in. Through their seeds of prayers and funds, many lives are being touched here at home and on the Balkans. But I could only do so much on my own.

So when everyone in a family is in agreement, the family functions smoothly. When everyone in a business is in agreement, then the business will grow and prosper. When everyone in a ministry is in agreement, then that ministry will bring glory to God and be a blessing to many other people. Jesus is present where there is unity. The only division He brings is between light and darkness. But since we are children of light, we should all be in agreement with one another. God delights in our unity. Psalm 133:1 says, "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"

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