Philippians 2:1-2 (ESV)
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
There is nothing worse than being at a family gathering or a neighborhood cookout or something of that ilk and having tension in the room between two or more people. The distrust and suspicion and even anger can feel like a two-ton elephant in the room and no one has space to breath, let alone feel free to enjoy one another. Imagine if that was your church environment. Imagine that every time you walked through the doors of Grace Community that you found yourself avoiding or displaying visible dislike toward someone else. How, then, can you be free to worship? Or grow and learn about God? Or to build healthy relationships? You can’t. That’s why the bible is so clear about us going to another person and apologizing or owning our part in a conflict (Ephesians 4:31-32). And knowing just how destructive distrust and anger and disunity are to a body of believers, Paul tells the church in Philippi here that he passionately desires that they, as a community should strive to be in unity (of one mind). That unity, Paul says, would “complete my joy.” Today, if there is someone you need to confront with an apology or need to seek out to rectify things, then do it. Pick up the phone, email, or message that person and set up a time to get together. It will deeply impact your life. And…it will make Paul’s, and your church community’s, joy complete!
Lord, as I consider the conflict in my life, would you reveal a name or more of someone I need to confront and repair a relationship? Forgive me for holding anger and resentment towards that person. Then push me to the steps needed to restore that relationship.
By: Rob Strong