Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Thanks so much for your continued prayers for my local church body. With the amount of increased traffic to this blog yesterday, I can only imagine that this topic resonates with a lot of people. We all struggle with living in community, and we all want to understand how to do it well.
I was talking with a friend the other day, and she made the comment that it’s easy to be a Christian when life is devoid of conflict. Our natural tendency is to react out of our emotions, and sometimes that’s not so godly. I think we should walk around in our emotions some, feeling them and experiencing them, for sure. But our emotions are fickle, and when we choose to act and respond (the only thing in difficult situations that we get to control!), we should do so out of truth. Out of first and foremost, a love for God and for his glory – not our own.
So in walking through this not-so-fun time, I have to cling to two truths: God is sovereign, and God is good. I don’t mean that as a trite, pat-Christian answer. I mean that as my sole method of making sense of anything happening. My thread of hope. My only hope.
And somehow, I think that’s right where he wants me to be. All the time.