The Trouble With Unity

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.

“…that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:6)

Did you know that sometimes the hardest thing in the world is to get along with other Christians?  Well it’s true. While I want to give up on people and kick them to the curb, Jesus said others would know I’m His disciple by how I love others (John 13:35).

Sometimes the trouble comes by how we each handle life’s decisions.  When I’m serious about following God, and I believe God is leading me to turn right, I get upset with everyone turning left.  They must be wrong.  They must not be as close to God as I am.

Paul writes to the Romans that sometimes I need to learn to just let it go (Rom. 14:4).  Instead of living to please myself I need to learn to put others first.  Even Jesus didn’t live to please Himself (Rom. 15:2-3).  He lived to look to the good of others and to build them up.  I need to follow the One who set the example.

Getting along with others really isn’t something that comes naturally to us.  It’s something we need supernatural help with, and it’s something that God wants to help us with.  He is the God of patience and comfort (Rom. 15:5) and He wants to help me so I can have patience and give comfort to others.

This is what brings God glory.