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Differences Are Diamonds

“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves.”

– Philippians 2:1-3

We are certainly living in a hotly divided culture right now. Never have I seen so many people so prone to judge anyone who is not on their “side.” And while there are issues of great concern facing the nations of the world today, I believe that as Christians, our call is to model a higher standard. While it’s natural to associate with those who see things the way that we do, this is not our charge as believers. In fact, we’re commissioned by God to be of one mind and to consider others as better than ourselves. Though I can’t begin to expand upon how we do this in such short form, today, I simply want to point out something profoundly obvious — we can be united with people with whom we don’t agree. In fact, this is the power of Christ’s work in our lives and in His Church. If Jesus is our Lord, He’s imparted to us the gift of being supernaturally unified with our brothers and sisters. Whether conservative or liberal, young or old, at home or abroad, in Him, we have a bond that overcomes differences. Because we see other human beings through the lens of dignity — even though we don’t agree on all issues — we’re free to pursue fellowship and trust the Holy Spirit to bring us to an understanding that’s grounded in His unwavering truth.

My friend, the divergences between you and others are diamonds waiting to be mined. Though you may be inclined to shy away from building connections with those who see things differently, therein lies your highest call. While convictions should be held unless changed by the Lord, it’s wise to embrace any opportunity to learn from the perspective of another. You are the recipient of a divinely-granted authority, and God’s power gives you strength to stand in unity — even with people who don’t share your viewpoint.

Prayer


Jesus, help me to see the differences of others as diamonds waiting to be mined and cultivated.

Reflection


Is there someone in your life with whom you have strong differences? If so, how might you allow God to show His glory through your divergent perspectives?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

One thought on “Differences Are Diamonds

  1. Dee Jacobson says:

    In essentials, Unity.
    In nonessentials, Liberty.
    And in all things, Charity.

    St. Augustine

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