Understanding Each Other

Isaiah 2I must admit I was pleasantly surprised with the results of our “Snapshot Sunday” poll.  A church full of old people has no future while a church full of young people has no stability.  Our even distribution of ages is a wonderful sign of health and vitality.

God has given us a great gift by bringing us together in unity.   Maintaining that unity is up to us!  “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).  The only question that remains is, “Are we willing to make the effort?”

Generational differences are just the proverbial tip of the iceberg.  God is making a new creation that includes people from all walks of life, every nation, tribe and language, all economic and educational levels, and every sinful background imaginable.  How can we possibility maintain the unity of the Spirit?  As was mentioned this morning the first step is emphatic understanding.  I need for you to know who I am, how I was raised, what I value and why.  I need to love you enough to seek to understand who you are and what path you’ve walked in this life to get you where you are today.

Judging one another is easy.  One holds themselves as superior and condemns everyone who is different.  Emphatic understanding is hard.  It takes time to enter into another person’s life and learn who they are.  But we must do this for the sake of the world.

When we do, perhaps then we will see Isaiah’s words fulfilled.  Disputes settled, war machines refitted to provide nourishment rather than destruction.  This is where we are headed as we Live Christ in CommUnity!

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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