Can't We All Just Get Along?
Posted: Thursday, August 4
2 Chronicles 35:1-36:23
1 Corinthians 1:1-17
Verse of the Day:
“I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.” (1 Corinthians 1:10 NLT)
Wouldn’t it be great if we all just saw the world the same way? If we all agreed about the important stuff? Life would be so much more peaceful and uncomplicated! Yes, our differences bring some spice to life but I think we can all agree that it just feels better when we agree rather than disagree. It would be nice but it’s not reality. Not even close to reality. Reality is that we all see the world very differently; we all have things that are our soap box that are really important to us. Our own experiences are greatly different and that makes a huge impact on how we view things. And that’s okay as long as it doesn’t bring division.
We are living in a very polarizing day in our country. There is a lot of division within and outside of the church. As Christ followers we are called to by unifiers and peacemakers. How can we live out this calling when we all have such strong, differing opinions? Here are a few suggestions:
1. Line up your world view with what God’s Word. Ask God to shape the way you see things through His Word. Ask Him to give you His eyes and His heart for what is important. This won’t happen if you aren’t reading His Word.
2. Keep is classy. Don’t argue, put down, or name call on Facebook or other Social Media. If you disagree with someone, especially another believer, and you feel strongly enough about an issue that you feel that you need to engage in a conversation do it in person. Ask them to coffee and sit down and have a meaningful conversation where you hear them out and share from your heart. I don’t see anything productive coming from these types of negative posts on Social Media.
3. Let it go & let God. For the sake of peace there are times that it is best to let our differences go and give it to God. Pray for God to show you what are the things that are worth fighting for and what is best to just let go and give it to Him. Remember God is the one who can move mountains; not us.
4. Keep unity the goal. We are to one body and one family. It’s hard to be productive when we aren’t unified.