Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
A person who is always right carries a great burden with them; even more so if they know everything. Do you know anybody like that ― no matter how wrong they might be they are always right? Even when they don’t know something, they have an opinion and you’d better agree; I don’t know about you, but folks like that just wear me out!
Harmony, compassion, sympathy, humility; these may not always come naturally, but they are empowering. These attributes will set you free from always having to know everything, of always having to be right, not to mention the arguments that follow.
The older I get, the more I come to realize that having the approval of others in everything that comes up is really not that important. What does matter is whether or not I am a person who enables others to find the way of love, to build relationships of respect and trust, relationships that build the Body of Christ. Indeed, what really matters comes down to one simple question: When I encounter other people, can they see the love of Christ at work in me?
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This week I had an encounter with someone like that — a person who is always right. It is difficult not to engage in pointless arguments with him; challenging to remain humble and pray that he’ll experience the peace Jesus offers; that he will know who he is in God’s eyes.