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AGREE TO DISAGREE

Acts 15:39-40 “39 And there occurred such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. 40 But Paul chose Silas and left, being committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord. 

 DISAGREEMENTS

We don’t talk about this a lot.  Christians disagree.  We don’t all agree on everything.  Different denominations have different traditions and practices.  There are some things that we must ALL agree on, and there are others that really aren’t doctrinally critical.  Whatever we do, we must agree to disagree in unity.

Paul and Barnabas disagreed about Mark.  Barnabas wanted to take him back (he had deserted them earlier), but Paul didn’t trust Mark yet.  Later on, however, towards the end of Paul’s life, he actually asked Timothy to bring Mark to see him.  So, they must have made up.

TEACHING MOMENT

 As parents, we must teach our children how to disagree agreeably.  The world is watching us, and we must not do anything to confuse them.  When they see believers fighting over stuff they are not drawn to the Lord.  In fact, they are repulsed.  Your children can learn at an early age how to get along with others, so they will not be a stumbling block to others.

That means you have to live that way, too.  You can’t be seen and heard by your children putting down or demeaning another person.  You especially need to be observed building up other believers.  Children will model what they see in their parents. When they see you being ugly to someone else at church, they will believe that is okay behavior.  Don’t be guilty of that.

Do you need to go to someone and make things right?  Perhaps you had a falling out some years back and you still don’t see eye to eye.  That’s okay, but you must learn to live in unity.  Others, especially the lost, are watching.

Father, help me love others as You do.  Help me put aside my petty differences for the sake of Your kingdom.  Let me be the one to make things right.

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