Monday, July 29
Today's reading: Philippians 4:1-4
Have you ever heard the comment, "This job would be great if it weren't for all the other people"? When we live and work together with other people (Christ followers or not), disagreements are going to happen. But God doesn't want us to live in constant conflict and discord. Rather, His desire for those who have chosen to follow Him is for us to live in harmony. But attaining harmony means dealing with conflict, friction and disagreement when it happens—and it will, because we're all human.
It's wonderful when two disagreeing parties can resolve their differences on their own, but as Paul's words show us ("I ask you also, true companion, help these women" (vs. 3)), sometimes it takes another person's involvement to help restore a relationship and bring the two disagreeing parties back into sweet, harmonious fellowship.
Why is having and maintaining harmony within the body of Christ so important? Is there anyone with whom you need to repair or restore your relationship so that God's work isn't hindered? Are you willing to be a helper (if necessary) when a disagreement arises? Tami
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