Living in Harmony
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
It is interesting to me that Paul opens his letter to the believers in Corinth with an appeal to unity. In the next portion of his letter, he spells out that some in the church are not getting along with each other. There were actually different camps in the church body. Some people said they followed Paul; some said they followed Apollos, and others claimed only to follow Jesus.
Paul encourages the believers to follow only Jesus—not men. When we follow Jesus, we can learn to live in harmony with each other.
I remember, years ago, I was given the task of coordinating a local community service. I wrote letters to all the pastors in our community inviting them to a meeting to discuss a joint worship service. I receive one lengthy and hostile letter from one church leader who gave me multiple reasons why he would never worship with us because of what he considered doctrinal errors in our teachings. I was shocked because I had never received that kind of letter. I did not know that pastors could be that hostile to other pastors.
Now that I have some years behind me, I have come to recognize being a follower of Jesus does not automatically make you love everybody. It is sad because when someone first discovers God’s grace and mercy, they seem to love everybody. They don’t care what name is on your church or which membership card you have. New believers just love everybody—Christians and non-Christians.
It is those of us who have been around for a while that tend to get divided into various camps. Perhaps, we have forgotten the simple joy of our salvation and lost some of our love for one another.
Let’s figure out a way to remind ourselves of the first love we had. Let’s commit to connecting in meaningful relationships with other believers because we realize life is too tough to do alone. We need each other. We need to love each other. We need relationships with each other.
Holy Spirit, I need Your help to live in harmony with my fellow believers. Help me to invest my time, talent, and treasure in the lives of others. Help me to learn to listen to others so that I can know them.
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