Getting along in church is not always easy. Your local church is made up of many different kinds of people with a vast array of personality quirks and oddities that are endless. This includes you and me.
So, it seems reasonable that you will not “hit it off” with everybody in church, and be everybody’s closest friend. As a matter of fact, there will be people in your church that really put you off. The truth is, you just don’t like them. Be honest. Isn’t this the truth?
Given this fact, what is God’s solution to bringing unlikely people together into friendships that are genuine and meaningful? Is this even possible?
Listen to what God tells us through the Apostle Paul:
“Therefore, I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For their is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.” Ephesians 4:1-4 NLT
Is it possible for all believers to be good friends, regardless of their personality quirks and oddities? God says, “YES!”
God expects His children to live lives worthy of their calling, and this includes being friends with other believers. How do we do this?
For starters, we get our own heart and mind in order. We need to replace our self-centered, self-absorbed, and self-important attitudes with the lowliness of a humble spirit.
Instead of comparing yourself to others, compare yourself to the perfection of Jesus. That should put things in a better perspective! So, trade your haughty, prideful attitudes for submissive, humble attitudes. God is not random in His instruction. He put humility first because good relations with others begins with YOU.
Next, God expects you to live out your adjusted attitude (humility) and be kind and gentle toward others. Be kind in your judgments, because the measure you use to judge others will be used to judge you. Scary, isn’t it! Put others before yourself, and overlook the stuff that makes you mad. Be patient with other believers. After all, other believers have to put up with YOUR oddities and quirks. Make allowances for others faults.
What is the “motivator” for this kind of behavior? Love! When we love one another, even if we have differences, there is peace. Instead of division, there is unity in God’s family! We are bound together by the very Spirit of God! The Holy Spirit is free to work without restriction.
This is God’s plan and purpose for the church. We are to be friends! We are to love one another! We are to be unified! And, most importantly, we are to work at this!
Sound good? Well, just remember that all this begins with YOU!
Have a great day!
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