Getting Along with Others

Romans 12:3-21

Each day we interact with many people, and often things are said and done that cause conflict, hurt, and trouble.  However, we are instructed in Scripture (Matthew 5:43-44) to exercise love and concern even to the people that cause us problems.

One of the great signs of God’s working in our life is in how we get along with others day after day.  The responses of anger, revenge, bitterness, and gossip are not the responses of an obedient believer.  It is the joy and responsibility of the follower of Christ to “put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.” Romans 13:14

We are reminded in the passage for today to be:

  1. Humble
  2. Understanding
  3. Kind
  4. Loving
  5. Joyful
  6. Giving
  7. Not conceited
  8. Forgiving
  9. Patient

It is in the power of our Lord working in and through us that gives strength and blessing to respond correctly and get along with others.  Remember, “The devil’s strategy has always been to divide and conquer, whether it is in churches, marriages or minds.” (Peter Lord)

Pay Attention to Even the Little Things

Colossians 3:1-25

These students of the Bible College in Myanmar are concerned about all the details of their work, even the little things. 

It is important that we pay close attention to live according to God’s Word in all aspects of life.  The Bible is our life instruction manual from God, who desires for us to have a good and profitable life.  It is when one ignores God’s Word that they invite trouble, regret, and sorrow into their life.

In Colossians 3 the Apostle Paul, by the inspiration of God, instructs the believer to . . . 

  1. Seek things of God
  2. Set our mind and heart on things above
  3. Put sinful deeds out of our life
  4. Do not let sins of the heart control you
  5. Conduct our life as a Christian
  6. Keep the mind focused on the Word
  7. Do all things for the glory of God
  8. Follow Biblical guidelines for the family
  9. Faithfully do your job
  10. Do all things as unto God

Sometimes we hear advice to “not worry about the small things.”  However it is obvious from our Scripture for today that we should carefully pay attention to all things to honor God.  We are not obeying the Bible to earn heaven since salvation is the free gift of God, but it is the believer’s joy and opportunity to obey the Word in all things for God’s blessings and peace.

Out of Control is Dangerous

Proverbs 25:28, I Corinthians 9:24-27

Occasionally while watching an athletic event, we observe one of the players getting angry and doing or saying something in a split second that creates more problems.

So when a person does not control their words and actions, they are soon out of control.  It is in the time of pressure, stress, and difficult encounters with others that we must be careful to keep our actions and words under control.

Since we do not know exactly when these situations may occur it is wise to . . . 

  1. Commit our ways to the Lord daily (Proverbs 16:3)
  2. Listen and obey the urgings of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16)
  3. Think before we speak (Proverbs 15:1-2)
  4. Pray for wisdom (James 1:5, 3:13-17)
  5. Keep our heart and inner person free from sin (Ephesians 4:31-33)

The consequences of being out of control are dangerous and regretful.  It is important that we maintain a careful and obedient watch over our heart, mind, and tongue lest we suffer from a few moments of being out of control.