Thursday, January 31, 2013

Live in Harmony

Romans 12:16 -- “Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!”

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Pride is a tricky subject. When you think of a prideful person, what comes to mind? Generally, we point to a self absorbed or even a rude person. However, pride affects us all subtly in many ways everyday.

Paul says to “live in harmony with each other” and “to enjoy the company of ordinary people.” Do you make friends with people only to get ahead in the workplace or the social ladder? Do you say hello to the new kid in school or church? Do you acknowledge and listen to the young? The old? The handicapped? Anyone different from you?

Christ led by example -- to treat all people with respect no matter their race, sex, age, appearance, social status, or even past sins. We must never consider others as being beneath us.

Pride and prejudices can be very subtle in our lives. With Christ’s help we can overcome these stumbling blocks to humbly work with and truly enjoy the company of ordinary people because they are us.

Dear Lord,
Help me rise above the pride and prejudices of this world and see all others as Your creation and Your beloved children. Give me confidence to speak humbly and live in harmony with others.

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