Pastor Tim Romero
Zechariah 8:16–17 (ESV): 16 These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace; 17 do not devise evil in your hearts against one another, and love no false oath, for all these things I hate, declares the Lord."
There is nothing worse for a parent than to watch their children lie, steal and cheat each other. It not only defames the children but also the entire family. God hates when His children act like this. He desires for His children to act lovingly and truthfully towards one another.
The Lord told Zechariah that He was going to bring good to the house of Judah.With that, God desires for the people of Judah to treat each other with love and respect and honesty. He wanted them to be for each other and not against each other. I can't think of a better message for the church at large. We are suppose to be known for our love for one another. May we set aside our theological differences and love each other, do good to one another while speaking the truth always. That is what God desires for us to do. May we take heed of the Word and honor our Father by honoring His Word.
Father, we thank You for You instruction to us as Your children. May we obey Your command to love one another just as Christ has loved us. Change our hearts to be for each other and not against. Being unity to Your body that the world might see it and bring glory to You we pray in Jesus name, amen!