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Get Along With Others

 

(2 Corinthians 13:11b) “…Continue agreeing with each other and living in peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.”

(Proverbs 27:17) Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens a friend’s character.

(Mark 1:38-39) “‘Let’s go to the neighboring town,’ he replied, ‘so I can preach there, too, because that’s why I came.’ So he went throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.”

 

 


God did not intend for us to know Him, get spiritually enlightened and then separate ourselves from mankind to go live alone on a mountain or a temple. We were transformed into the likeness of Christ in order to influence others around us, to love one another, and thus show the love of Christ and bring hope to a world that is witnessing the destruction of moral standards.

Christ did not stay stagnant in one place during His short ministry. He left His home, comfort zone, job security, close friends, and family in order to reach out to the lost. He did not shy away from those who opposed Him or were too conflictive. He showed unconditional love, compassion and long-suffering to those who were a hindrance or unable to accept His message. Imagine if Christ sat up on a mountain and waited only for those who believed in Him to come to Him as most gurus do.  Instead, He constantly traveled with the Apostles to towns where they were at times challenged and even kicked out. 

Apart from being with Christ, the disciples’ main training ground was being 24 hrs with each other, and each other’s flaws. They had also to practice unconditional love and patience with each other. It is during these difficult situations with people we have to live with that we truly have to let God transform us. God uses others to bring out the best and the worst in us so that we can make the necessary changes to do what is right according to God’s Word.

I experienced such training when I lived inside the church for a few years, training for ministry. I assure you that the trials and confrontations I faced daily with those I had to live with and deal with on a regular basis were what sharpened my character and forced me to put the teachings of the Bible into action.


Here are a few tips Bob Gass gives in his book:
1. Guard your tongue. Always say less than you think.
2. Make promises sparingly. Keep them faithfully.
3. Never let an opportunity pass to say a kind word.
4. Be genuinely interested in others; show it by listening and expressing your appreciation.
5. Be cheerful; don’t dwell on your aches and pains. There are a dozen people in the nearest cemetery who would gladly exchange places with you.
6. Keep an open mind; discuss, but don’t argue. Learn to disagree without being disagreeable. Give other people the benefit of the doubt.
7. Discourage gossip. It’s destructive!
8. Be sensitive to the feelings of others. If you do, people will consider you to be wise.
9. Pay no attention to ill-natured remarks about you. Live so that nobody will believe them.
10. Don’t worry about getting credit. Just keep giving your best, and be patient! God keeps records!.

 

 

Don’t forget that if we learn to agree with each other and live in peace, God promises to be there with us.

 

 


Prayers

• Jesus, You are The rock who begot me, The strength of my heart, Rock of my strong hold.
• Thank You that you have equipped us to get along with others and show unconditional love.
• Forgive us for being difficult at times, and having so much pride that we don’t change our ways.
• Help us to put these suggestions into action on a regular basis.
• Change our hearts to that of Christ so that we can have the compassion necessary to leave our comfort zone and reach out to the lost.
• Teach us how to be in agreement with each other and live in peace.
• Empower us and send us to those whom you already prepared to receive Your message of Salvation.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen

1 Comment

  1. Deepa Daryanani
    5 September 2023 @ 11:06

    AMEN AMEN ! 🙏👍😊

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