When families or churches have disagreements, how do you react? Do you immediately takes sides and fight? Or do you cover your eyes and ears pretending there’s no problem? Division in any group is painful, and maintaining unity sometimes requires a huge effort.
How about seeking God’s will instead? How about praying for all sides involved, especially those you disagree with? When Jesus prayed, he prayed for all those that were against him. At one point, we all go against God since we have all sinned.
Ask for forgiveness — for yourself and for your group, church, or family. Then ask God to do his will in all things. Your prayer and your dependence on God should be your first priority. Then build everything else out from this.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.
My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
John 17:10-11, 20-21
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