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While we are waiting for an answer from the Lord not everyone is going to be happy about waiting, and not everyone is going to be happy with the answer, when it comes.

These words were found in a Dailey Bread devotional. Happily, for us, God lovingly chooses to soften stubborn human hearts. The apostle Paul knew this, so when two members of the Philippian church were squabbling, he loved them enough to call them out (Philippians 4:2). Then, having earlier instructed the believers to have “the same mindset” of self-giving love as Christ (2:5-8), Paul asked them to “help these women,” valued coworkers with him in sharing the gospel (4:3). It seems peacemaking and wise compromise call for team effort.

Of course, there are times to take a firm stand, but a Christlike approach will look a lot different than an unyielding brother of sister, so many things in life aren’t worth fighting over. We can bicker with each other over every trivial concern until we destroy ourselves (Galatians 5:15). Or we can swallow our pride, graciously receive wise counsel, and seek unity with our brothers and sisters. Think about the good things as Paul writes (Philippians 4:8) and may the God of peace be with you.

This week’s verses:

Exodus 33:12-23 The Lord is pleased with you.

Psalm 99:1-9 God forgives, God punishes, God reigns’

Matthew 22:15-22 Give to God.

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Produced by faith, Labor by love, Endure by hope.


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