“Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” vss. 16, 18
Paul continues his description of life in the Body of Christ with a plea to the Romans to live in harmony with one another. “If it is possible,” he says, “so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” He seems to know that sometimes there are difficult people in our communities of faith and that it’s really a stretch to have good relationships with everyone. But we can still live peaceably with all…the key is humility. When we put aside haughtiness and associate with the lowly we build bridges of connection and establish a culture of peace and tranquility. The eccentrics among us appreciate kind words and smiles and they love it when we spend time with them and aren’t put off by their quirkiness. Of course they may say and do inappropriate things…don’t we all? But they too, are loved by God and redeemed in Christ…they are our brothers and sisters in the faith…and they deserve our love and affection. Time spent with them in caring conversation, while it may not be stimulating to us, makes them feel loved and included, and serves to build up the entire body.
Thought for the Day: How do I treat difficult people?