FIND COMMON GROUND
There are extreme sports, extreme weather conditions, extreme views on virtually any subject. Whatever you think about any of these things, someone else may completely disagree. It might be hard to find common ground.
Who is right and who is wrong?
Is there more than one way to look at the idea or situation?
It’s easy to get stuck in our own little world, feeling safe, not being threatened by an opposing point of view. Some people are happy to do this no matter how it might affect someone else. As long as they have what they want, the world can just go on without them. It doesn’t matter who they might hurt in the process.
This is pretty obvious in the political realm or just about any other area in our world. It doesn’t matter what “side” you are on, someone else will think you are wrong.
Isn’t there a better way?
What if we actually stopped spouting our own views and listened to someone who holds opposite views? When we let down our guard and open our hearts to someone else, it might surprise us to find out we have more in common than we realized.
The first step in reconciliation in any area is our willingness to find that common ground, establish friendships and work from there. Instead of hate, we might find forgiveness and love. True reconciliation comes when we let love lead the way, when we realize that people are more important than ideologies.
Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not arrogant, 5 is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not irritable, and does not keep a record of wrongs. 6 Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.1 Corinthians 13:4-7
TRUTH AND LOVE IN GOD’S WORD
As a Christian, I believe the Bible is the word of God. It contains all we need to live our lives in a way that shines the light of Christ. This means sharing the truth lovingly, not trying to force someone to think or act a certain way. None of us meets God’s standards on our own. Because of the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and through His resurrection, we have freedom from sin and freedom to become the best possible version of ourselves.
Far from being a rule book, the Bible gives real life examples of almost anything you can think of. Of course, it doesn’t give exact situations of today’s world, but the examples cover principles that can be applied today or any time. The Bible is timeless in its advice.
31 Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you continue in my word, you really are my disciples. 32 You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 “We are descendants of Abraham,” they answered him, “and we have never been enslaved to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will become free’?”34 Jesus responded, “Truly I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. 35A slave does not remain in the household forever, but a son does remain forever.John 8:31-35
What are your thoughts? Do you think love really makes a difference?