If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
-Philippians 2:1-11 (selected)
Living with other people will involve conflict. But disagreements can be handled with grace if we remember we all have the same goal in mind and if we approach one another with humility. [hear sermon audio]
This week, take some time to go deeper. Use these scriptures and questions to reflect on your own life and community.
Texts to read:
Questions to ponder:
- Describe an issue of conflict you are experiencing right now?
- Why do you hold your position? (Why are you right?)
- Try to describe an opposing position of integrity.
- What do you have to risk being wrong about to bridge the gap?
Do and share:
- Find someone who disagrees with you on an important issue. Ask them “Can you tell me what you think about [issue] and why you think that way?” Just listen; offer no comment or rebuttal. Later, Try to write down their argument without editorializing. What do you notice about yourself in those moments? How could God be using this conflict to help you grow?