In a world of me, me, me there naturally comes a state of disharmony. Which means a lot of discord, friction, strife, conflict, hostility, acrimony, bad blood, bad feeling, enmity, dissension, disagreement, feuding and quarreling.
Is this how God intended it? Is this why Jesus died on the cross? Is this how I really want to live my life? I am the only one that can make that choice for me. No one else! But I do have the choice!
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
So to take away the selfish ambition, to think of others more than myself is really hard. But that is what is expected of me. To get along with and join with others that are different than myself. To love those who in my mind might not be that lovable. To care for one another. To live in harmony is my choice. Is it yours?
Love, it can be hard sometimes. Jesus lived a life in love and still paid the ultimate price for me. Please help me walk each day worthy of His love. Amen!