Enough Already!

Enough Already!

It seems that we are living in a time when there is a constant sense of conflict and hostility from one person toward another. Have you noticed that we seem to have trouble speaking to one another, speaking about one another or doing anything in regard to each other with any semblance of peace, humility, courtesy or common decency? What has happened to our hearts (regardless of what people have done to us) to make us treat others with such disrespect, condescension, bitterness and resentment?

As you have read this, has it made you think of how this applies to our nation, our congregations or our homes? The reality is that it applies (unfortunately) to all of these relationships. Do you ever tire of the relentless bickering, fighting and fussing? While we may not be able to control the other person (in politics, churches or families), we can control ourselves! If more of us would do our part to improve how we relate to one another and to eliminate any personal part we play in quarrels or dissension, then we will have taken a big step in changing this world for Jesus. What can we each do to make a difference? If you’ve had “enough already,” here are some things that will catch others off guard and help turn the tides.

1. Give preference to one another (Rom. 12:10).

2. Render to all their due: honor to whom honor (Rom. 13:7).

3. Honor all people (1 Pet. 2:17).

4. Love the brotherhood (1 Pet. 2:17).

5. Be humble-minded (1 Pet. 3:8).

6. Never render evil for evil to anyone (1 Thess. 5:15).

7. Do not be wise in your opinion (Rom. 12:16).

8. Be patient with all (1 Thess. 5:14).

9. Forgive others their trespasses (Matt. 6:14- 15).

10. Be gentle to all (2 Tim. 2:24).

11. Do not rejoice at wrongdoing (1 Cor. 13:6).

12. Speak truth (Eph. 4:25).

13. Pray for one another (James 5:16).

14. Always pursue what is good for all (1 Thess. 5:15).

15. As depends on you, live peaceably with all (Rom. 12:18).

The list, as you know, could be extended more and more, but let’s start with these fifteen. If each of us will focus our attention (regardless of what others do) on these things in our homes, congregations and communities, Jesus can influence the world through us. Enough is enough!


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