Live in Harmony with One Another – Encouragement from Pastor Kyle
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LIVE IN HARMONY WITH ONE ANOTHER
Hello Church Family,
As I try to stay abreast as much as possible of all that’s been happening in our new world, I can’t help but be discouraged by the squabbling that’s been going on in the Senate these last couple of days. At a time like this, I think every American, no matter how you vote, hopes to see our government come together to deal effectively with the current issue at hand, which at this moment, is effecting the entire world. But instead, we see too many personal agendas, self-interest, and lack of transparency getting in the way. To be honest, I’m greatly disappointed, but not surprised to see a mostly unsaved world acting this way.
I see this as an opportunity for us to be reminded of the command to “live in harmony with one another” (Romans 12:16 ESV). The NASB says to “be of the same mind toward one another.” In this context, Paul is primarily referring to partiality—the kind of selfish thinking that compares ourselves with others, by either dragging others down, or elevating them to where only God belongs. We are instead to, with humility, be like minded and put one another before ourselves.
As believers, we have the most important thing in common, that is, we are all sinners saved by grace, not as a result of something we did that we can somehow boast about, but because of what God did for us (Ephesians 2:8-9). That positionally puts us all in the same standing with God and one another. And, it should remind us that we need to, as the saying goes, “keep the main thing, the main thing,” not letting preference, opinion, personal agenda, and self-interest stand in the way of Biblical unity amongst the saints.
We all know that the struggle to put this into practice at times is very real, and it goes against our flesh. However, it’s our obligation as believers to learn to live in harmony in spite of these differences, as this is God’s will for us all. Ephesians 4:30-32 says: “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”
Praying for you all,