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Let’s face it, one of the most difficult things about our environment is dealing with the people in it. They constantly disappoint us. They shock us with their lack of love and understanding. They complain and whine and gossip. They point fingers at others when the blame lies closer to home– and when I say these things I’m talking about Christians!
When I’m frustrated with others, I need to remember the verses above from Ephesians. I can’t change anyone except myself. I need to humbly admit that I am not perfect, either, and my behavior is not always the good example I wish it would be. I need to be patient and give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Any correction I give should be gentle and loving. The church is the body of Christ and I am part of it. Nobody wants to hurt their own body. When we’re angry at one another, the body is disrupted and can’t function at it’s best.
The early Christians “turned the world upside down.” We’re called to do the same in our day and culture. Unity is key. To preserve our unity we must be positive and do our part. We must love one another with the love of Christ. He is counting on us. He has no other plan.