Getting Along

Fullfill my joy by being like-minded,
having the same love.
Philippians 2:2

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We all love being with people...most of the time. There's a special
joy in our hearts when we are with people we enjoy. But
unfortunately we are not always with those we like to be around.
Sometimes people can be prickly, which may be
why someone has said, "The more I get to know people
the more I love my dog!" When we don't find joy
in a relationship, we tend to blame the other
person;then we excuse ourselves as we exit to be
with people we like.

The apostle Paul asks us to lovingly engage with our brothers
and sisters in Christ. In fact he calls all of us to be "of one accord,"
to look out "for the interests of others," and
to "let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus."
{Phil. 2:2-5} Think about it. Jesus gave up His own perogatives
and privileges for us; He chose to live as a servant and paid
the ultimate sacrifice that He might bring us into a joy-
filled relationship with Him {see Heb. 12:2} And He
did all that in spite of our prickliness {see Rom. 5:8}.

So next time you are with someone who is not
easy to get along with,ask Jesus to help you find a way
to extend His love. In time, you might be surprised by how
God can change your attitude about people.

The key to getting along with others
is having the mind of Christ.

May the Lord richly bless you!

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