Changing Your Atmosphere
So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. Romans 14:19 ESV
So many times we let minor divisions separate and cause dissension. We allow something that is relatively small to become a mountain. It is important to know that humans are not called to live alone. "Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him (Genesis 2:18 ESV).” While conflict is inevitable, if the guiding principle is the knowledge that you have been called into one body, it will lead you to resolve those issues in a godly manner. I have said, the good thing about marriage is marriage and the bad thing about marriage is marriage. Marriage depends on what principles we allow to be the guiding force. I have said, the good thing about the church is the church and the bad thing about the church is the church. A meaningful congregation that is growing and going is one that allows the principles of God's word and not traditions or options to be its guide.
We should be pursuing peace among each other, encouraging and building up one another instead of tearing each other down by our actions and behaviors. No matter what convictions we hold to we are to always consider our fellow brethren and behave in a way that will build them up instead of causing confusion in their lives.
How do we know when to speak up, and when to be silent? We want so much to voice our opinions, that silence is a struggle. Sometimes the volume of my own voice can mute God's message. If my verbal or nonverbal words are not going to make for peace or build up the other, then I should remain silent.
Remember, your words will either bless or they will bruise, they will either help or they will hurt. Words shape human life. What you say, how you say it, who you say it to, when you say it, and why you say it matters.