I would say that we live in very polarizing times with much conflict, but I think that’s been true for all of history.
Tonight in the spirit of what God said in
Isaiah 1:18a “18 Come now, and let us reason together…”I want to have a discussion. But not about a disagreement we have, but on how we should disagree with people.
Now I should warn you, it’s super easy to accidentally be hypocritical during this discussion.
For example: if you scream and are super rude at someone that they should disagree with love and be gentle and tolerant, instant hypocrite. Be aware of that when you’re speaking, and give grace when you are listening.
I’m going to impose a few opinion on your guys for tonight: You do have to be civil for tonight, and please do try to listen carefully to what other people are saying.
- How should you go about interacting with someone who disagrees with you?
- Is it different based on who the person is?
- Is it different Based on how close you are to the person?
- Is it different based on how serious the topic is?
- How do you decide on when to be vocal about it or just keep it to yourself?
Eph 4:31-32 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Eph 4:1-3 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.