Here’s what I don’t understand: How can Christians read the SAME Bible… pray to the SAME God… and be led of the SAME Holy Spirit and not be able to sit down… forgive each other and work things out… FOR GOD’S GLORY?!!!
It dumbfounds me how we say we are Christians and yet be so prideful and mean to each other by reveling in conflict IN OUR CHURCHES!
What is more important: Being proved right (At any cost) OR God being glorified? Winning the day OR a congregation’s peace being protected? Getting your way OR keeping God’s name from being blasphemed? I can give you the answer to those questions from Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:5-8…
Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, 6 but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? 7 To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? 8 But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers!Read the part in red again. It is better to be wronged and/or defrauded than for the name of Christ to be maligned! It is better to take the hit and suffer than the Christian faith to get a black eye! Maybe what we need is some “Old Light.” By that I mean light from an old (Eternal) source. Namely, God’s Word. One of the biggest mistakes Christians make is failing to trust God and His Word.
James 3:17-18 The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.It should never be a "my way or highway" but a "HIS WAY" mentality that governs our actions and attitude as an individual and as a Church.
( I give thanks to a great friend for pointing me in this direction)