We're All Different. Praise God!
Today’s devotional is by Tom Holladay, teaching pastor at Saddleback Church.
“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God” (Romans 15:7 NIV).
It’s easy to talk about relationships when everything is going great, but what do you do when things are headed in the wrong direction? How do you turn around a relationship?
God created love in relationships and made us to live in relationship with each other. His advice and direction for relationships can make a real difference. Over the next few days we will talk about five specific things from God’s Word that you can do to begin to turn things around in your relationships.
One of our greatest frustrations is when we don’t see things the way someone else sees them. Differences can be a cause of great delight at times, but they can also cause a lot of agony.
You need to realize that God has made you different and then thank him for your differences.
From the very beginning, God created us differently: “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27 NIV). Men and women are different physically but also in the way we work, think, shop, even watch TV—we do everything differently. And we should rejoice in those differences.
If two people agree on everything, one of them isn’t necessary in that relationship. The fact is that God has put you in a relationship—be it marriage or a good friendship—where you probably look at life differently from each other or have different backgrounds. Because of that, you each bring things to the relationship that could not be there otherwise.
God made you different so you can complement each other, complete each other, and strengthen each other.
As today’s verse says, “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God” (Romans 15:7). When you accept each other for your differences, it not only helps your relationship, it brings praise to God. Why? Because you’re accepting the fact that God made you different so you can learn from each other and grow in relationship to each other.
That’s the starting point for turning your relationships around: thank God for your differences.
Talk It Over
What is one way that you’re very different from your spouse or a good friend that has caused some tension in the past? How might that difference actually serve both of you and help you grow?
Why is it important to not just accept someone’s differences but also show them? How do you show them?
When you are struggling in a relationship, is your first source of help God’s Word? Why or why not?
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