Peace and Harmony

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Romans 12:16-18 KJV
Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. [17] Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. [18] If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

Living in harmony with one another.

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“Be of the same mind one toward another.”

This is our instruction from God’s Word on how to have peace and harmony among each other. By being of the same mind.

It’s also relatively easy to live in harmony when everyone agrees and is on the same page. Unfortunately, that’s not all Paul is talking about. So how do we get along with others when we fundamentally disagree on an issue? If our likes and dislikes are vastly different?

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Harmony means we make beautiful music together; it doesn’t imply we always sing or play the same notes. This is where so many in Christian circles go wrong. They think we must all agree on every doctrinal issue or we can’t worship together. More fellowship has been broken over minor topics related to form, rather than anything of substance. We should always begin and end our harmonies with and in fellowship with Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:11: “Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.”

Most conflict resolution professionals start discussions by identifying similarities, not differences. Why? Because most of the time when we realize how closely we are aligned on important matters, the disconnections seem minor and therefore easier to overcome.

Ephesians 2:14: ” For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.”

If you’re having a situation and difficulty living in peace and harmony with someone. Look and search for some common ground. Do you share Jesus with each other? If so, you are home free. Why is that? Because Jesus and His Word are to be our focus, not our separate opinions. We must stop focusing on ourselves, and all the temporary things and focus on what is eternal. Focus on Jesus Christ, His Word, and His kingdom, then He will make your paths straight.

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