Dealing with Differences
"Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude." 1 Peter 3:8, NLT
Let's be honest, relationships are tough. Whether it's your family or a friendship, every relationship takes time and effort in order to work. The same is true for the church. The body of Christ is made up of people of different backgrounds, personalities and experiences. We each bring something unique to the table, and then we are commanded to love each other. How does that work? Won't our differences cause arguments and division? They can, unless we all start from the same point - Jesus Christ.
In 1 Peter 3, the church is told to be of 'one mind'. We are all supposed to lay aside our own thoughts and attitudes for the thoughts and attitudes of Jesus. How do we do this? We jump into God's Word, and in the process our minds are transformed more and more into the mind of Christ. As we grow, we begin learning how to love, forgive, show compassion and have mercy. When we start with a desire to be like Christ, we end up united with our brothers and sisters who are doing the same. So today, if there is tension in a relationship, look to the Bible and begin to love like Jesus.
Life Lesson: Unity in church starts with each person submitting to God's Word.
Thank You for the Bible. Thank You for the amazing Truths that are found in its pages. Help me to understand your Word and how to apply it to my life and relationships. Give me the mind of Christ so that I can be an instrument of love and grace to those around me. In Jesus' name, Amen.