Living Amongst Division
Sometimes God’s Word is so convicting; and if that sounds a little weird to you, you’re in good company.
The truth is that EVERY time we read the Bible if we are truly listening, we cannot help but be convicted about something—and usually about many things.
Let’s look at one of Paul’s teachings. Today’s world seems to be full of hatred and division.
Everything is blown out of proportion by our extreme views, and compromise is hard to come by. It’s easy to get caught up in the meanness of our words and generalizations are rampant. This is only natural, considering all that we are exposed to every day in the media.
As a believer, you may be questioning how to live amidst all this division. Perhaps you are genuinely seeking the right thing to do from God’s perspective. You may even be among the many who are conflicted and confused about how to apply what the Bible says to today’s circumstances.
Walk according to the Purpose
Paul begins chapter 4 of Ephesians saying, “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love…”
He ends the chapter in verse 32 saying, “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”
We Need To Remain Calm
Paul’s phrase “in a manner worthy” is defined within the text as our acting with humility, gentleness, and grace, patiently showing tolerance for one another in love. This doesn’t mean we have to agree about everything nor does it mean we must never get angry.
It tells us simply that we are to be tolerant of other people’s views, even if we believe them to be dead wrong!
If believers obeyed the last verse of the chapter in the Church (and in the world today), life would be dramatically different. We forget perhaps just how much we have been forgiven in Christ. Are any of the people or circumstances of our day worse than most of us before we came to know Christ?
Just as Paul referred to himself as a prisoner of the Lord and implored others to walk in a manner worthy, we should do the same thing today. We should remind each other of how much we have been forgiven in Christ, and then we might be able to become the tenderhearted and forgiving people God created us to be.