God has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and He has given us the ministry of reconciliation. We proclaim and declare the gospel of peace in all situations. This is challenged when our differences are such that our peace is troubled. When we are confronted with disagreements that turn into arguments, our character is tested. Will we react the way Jesus would? Will His light still shine through? How do we walk the talk when what is talked about stirs up strife?
The only way to maintain peace is for Jesus to be placed in the forefront, at all times. When we focus on the Lord first, we are able to focus on the person instead of the problem. When we are in disagreement with someone regarding an issue, the person has to remain more important to us than what is discussed. We can attack the problem, go through the pros and cons, and analyze a subject without attacking the person. The person matters more than the issue at hand.
In Christ, we can agree to disagree through the love we have for one another. We can lay aside our differences when we care about pursuing peace more than we care about being right. Even though it’s difficult to separate the person from the problem at times, it’s necessary in order to pursue reconciliation. We need to be convinced of what we believe; we cannot convince others. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal and teach truth. As we walk in the love of God and demonstrate His reality, He is able to do much more than we can. Let us pursue peace, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 5:18 “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation …”