Compromise Paralysis, Part 3

 
So, how do we strive towards unity? It starts with each of us,individually!
The biblical model of grace and love is called out in Jesus’ most earnest plea for unity. On His last night with His disciples, Jesus gives them a new command. In John 13:34-35, Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Think about this! This is Jesus’ final instruction for His followers. His heart is for His followers to love one another. Further, He identifies this will become their main witness to Jesus. Others will come to know Jesus when they see His followers loving each other well.
And Jesus gives this command in the context of washing the disciples’ feet and inviting them to share in the Last Supper. Jesus commanded it, but also demonstrated it. He showed what it looked like.

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Compromise Paralysis, Part 2

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How can we move forward when we are always so close to “compromise paralysis”?
It is exactly here that I think our Christian faith helps provide a way forward. Our faith helps us clarify how we live and prioritize what is most important. “Being right” and “winning” are reinterpreted.
The bedrock Christian gifts of love and grace change everything. Our natural instinct is to see things in ways that make sense to us as we see them now. We prefer to justify our own position and have a tendency to believe that we are right until proven wrong. Yet Christian love calls us to put others first and focus more on the relationships. We are called to love one another, loving in a way that keeps the relationship first. Being right means still valuing the other, and winning means moving forward only when the relationships are preserved.
Love also means loving others enough to want better for them. This means we can’t just “keep our mouths shut”! It means truthing in love, speaking a different perspective than what they can see now. Yet be careful! The motivation is not to be right or preserve our perspective, but to really love them and preserve that relationship.

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