“Doesn’t Play Well with Others”

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Philippians 2:1-5 New International Version (NIV)

Imitating Christ’s Humility

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.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

 

“Only when we live into Christ can we live harmoniously with each other. Good relationships with each other depend on a right relationship with Christ.” (John Stoot, from Life in Christ)

A friend of mine once told me that their elementary age child had received a series of report cards with a note written on their conduct page, which simply said, “Doesn’t play well with others.” Wow, it seems that we have an entire nation of people of whom one could apply the note written upon my friend’s child’s report card. We seem to have an abundance of people who have difficulty getting along with others. These difficult folk reside in families, work at businesses and drive down our highways. Some even attend churches. But, before we start identifying those whom we think do not play well with others let us first consider ourselves. One good way to start gaging whether or not we might be the difficult ones. Let us ask one simple question – – “Does it seem like everyone else is hard to get along with?” If so, maybe we are the ones who, yes, “Doesn’t play well with others.”

How do we begin to build harmonious relationships with each other? I think John Stott said it well. “Only when we live into Christ will we live harmoniously with each other.”

How do we begin? I believe living into Christ begins with prayer. Gordon McDonald gives a suggestion of how to begin a vibrant prayer life. According to McDonald; “A ministry of the interior begins by: (a) worshiping in God’s presence (b) rooting our personal impurity (c) brooding upon eternal truths (d) offering thanksgiving (e) praying for the world (f) interceding for friends”

Psalms 133:1 reads “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity.”

In Christ,

Pastor Chris