We’ve Got to Have Harmony
Chuck Swindoll encouraged us to appreciate our differences. He said, “Appreciate the members of your family for who they are, even though their outlook or style may be miles different from yours. Rabbits don’t fly. Eagles don’t swim. Ducks look funny trying to climb. Squirrels don’t have feathers. Stop comparing. There’s plenty of room in the forest.
“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.”
─ Romans 12:16 ESV
God created each one of us as individuals, uniquely different. He did that on purpose, and for that reason alone, we should celebrate each other. When you experience challenges in your relationship with family members, or conversations become difficult, try to focus on the things you appreciate about that person.
Maybe they have great hair, are a talented cook or are great with animals or children. Perhaps they’re a really good student, teacher or parent. They may be really good at their job. There is always something you can find to compliment someone about.
Show God’s unconditional love.
Here are five things to consider as you try to live in harmony with others who are very different from you.
• Be open and honest when the relationship is strained or awkward.
• Be authentic about it too.
• Let them know that you care about them and realize you both are different.
• Pray for them.
• Ask the Holy Spirit to help you see them from God’s perspective.
Purpose in your heart to love them unconditionally as God has loved you. That doesn’t mean you accept unkind behavior or put yourself in a place to be hurt, but that you show them God’s love as He leads you.
Today’s One Thing
Look at the five things you can do to live in harmony listed above. Identify one that you struggle with, perhaps more than the others. Work on doing that ONE THING for seven days, and at the end of the week, think about how it impacted you.