How is Your Get along?
Some of the major problems in ministries and homes are conflicts. People having a hard time getting along with others. It has been said that 80% of those who leave churches do it because of personality conflicts or simply they just don’t get-a-long with others. Only after you have a right spirit can you reach and teach others. If people see a wrong spirit, they will not receive you. “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me …Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee” (Psalm 51:10-13). Your actions and reactions can affect your ministry with all people. It has been said that most reactions are in the flesh. It is important you be a part of the solution not the problem. A battery has a positive and a negative side and so do many Christians. When you have a negative attitude it affects most of your senses including common sense. You see wrong, think wrong, hear wrong and become wrong. Once a person is right with God it also changes his attitude. It is not what happens to you but in you that makes the difference. The Bible mentions one particular conflict in the church that created problems. “I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women…” (Philippians 4:2-3). These women had a non-scriptural get along problem that effected the church. The solution was for someone to give in and get along. How is your get-a-long? Seek to be an Onesiphorus and “refresh” others (II Timothy 1:16). We need better get along on our jobs, in church, in our community and especially in our homes. It is sad when children see parents who do not get along. One of the major reasons for divorce is incompatibility. How is your get along?
It’s all right to disagree, debate, discuss but do not divide. Christians should be reasonable. God has the right to use someone who may disagree with you. Avoid strife. “Behold (unity can be seen and so can disunity), how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalms 133:1). “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35).
This Week: Let’s Work on Our Get Along…
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The most important single ingredient in success is knowing how to get along with people — Theodore Roosevelt.