1 Peter 3:8 (NLT)- Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.
Peters charge to the church seems simple enough. At least for his time period. People were typically much closer due to living in small villages where everyone knew each other. When someone had a need it was easy to see.
Our society is often more complicated than theirs was.
- We definitely struggle at being of one mind. If you don’t believe me just look at the conversations on your Facebook feed.
- It’s hard to sympathize with each other when we hide our problems.
- Love is the act of putting the needs of others before our own. How often do we do that?
- Being tenderhearted and humble also requires knowing other people on a personal level.
Now that I’ve pointed at the problem. What is a practical way that we can grow in unity?
The challenge this week is to share a meal with someone in your church you wouldn’t talk to in a typical week. This may seem scary to some people, but in my experience the places that have the most fear usually reap the coolest rewards.
Have fun and feel free to share how your experience goes in the comments below!