“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1) It is a miracle whenever it happens–unity among brothers. Our sinful tendencies are in the opposite direction. Churches split (and families). Nations divide up into “special interest groups” and create a climate of harsh criticism and non-cooperation. Dangerous! “Brothers, we will either hang together or we will hang separately” Ben Franklin reportedly told the members of the Continental Congress. Nehemiah is, therefore, that much more inspiring. He has the courage to face issues honestly and require them to be addressed publically. He is selfless and sacrificial and courageous. As you read Nehemiah 2 and 5, as you prepare for Sunday worship and study, what steps could you take, to be “diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”? (Ephesians 4:3) As the Lord guides you to act with courage and humility for the purpose of unity, will you?