It is well with my soul because God redeemed me from eternal destruction and adopted me to be his son for eternity. It is well with my soul because Jesus Christ the Son of God is my Lord and Savior and Brother. It is well with my soul because the Spirit of God walks with me everyday. So, it is well with my soul because the Heavenly and Holy Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are involved in my life everyday no matter what is happening with me and around me.
It is well with my soul because I am loved and blessed in the midst of my greatest joys and sorrows. It is well with my soul because no matter what I will do I am faithfully forgiven and never forsaken even when I have hurt Him. It is well with my soul because the God of Heaven loves me and accepts me even if no one else does.
You and I are the children of God. It is well with our souls. It is my prayer for us that not a one of us will forsake our relationship with God, that we do not walk away from Him. I pray that everyday we will know the peace and joy of God because it is well with our souls.
Mark 4:35-41, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, 1 John
Why should I not hate those who are different from me? We are taught in Christ to forebear one another. We do not forbear simply because it is the right thing to do. The answer has little to do with the reality of the differences. The answer is found in Why we are taught in Christ not to hate.
Love. Forbearance means that you will not judge others because they are not like you. It means that they will not judge you because you are not like them. Forbearance allows us to stand or kneel side by side to help, teach, encourage, exhort, hold, and comfort one another. We forbear with one another because God loves us. (John 3:16-17) I am to love each one of you because God loves each one of you. Love means that I am to forbear with you (1 Corinthians 13).
God redeems us all. So, because we are in Christ, we forbear with one another because God forbears with all of us. God loves the world so much that He gave us His Son and sacrificed Him for our salvation. God redeemed us in that salvation because He wants us to be His children regardless of our different cultures, backgrounds, and upbringing. God acknowledges all those things — and even uses them for his will — but His love for us is not based on our differences (Galatians 3:26-28).
Created. He loves everyone of us because He created each one of us in His image. He made us all in this same image. These physical, material, cultural, and historical differences between us have no part in the image of God. One day we will talk about the image. For now, let us say that God gave something to humans that made us like him. There is something in our nature that makes us like God so we can have an intimate relationship with him.
Do you see the idea? These things, these differences, we use to build barriers between us are nothing more than circumstances. Regardless of circumstances, we are bound together by a common love, redemption, and image that enables us to have an intimate relationship with God and one another. Forbearance. Redemption. Created. God is the common element — not our human circumstances.
I will tell you here and now. What I am going to say here iI difficult at times for me to do as it is for anyone of us.
Every generation wants to change things. Then, as that
generation ages and becomes entrenched in its thinking,
the next generation wants to change their way of thinking
and doing things. Conflicts can and do arise over disagreements. Both the old and the young need to learn, accept, and practice. the natural truth that no generation has cornered the market on truth.
All generations have much to learn from each other.
We must all be willing to listen to one another in all matters,
everything from church to politics to law; how we define church
or our civil liberties and how we live our daily lives.
The scripture says, “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ, have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26-28, ESV).
In this life, we all live with differences. If we act only by the differences, then our actions will always be divergent.
In Christ, we learn and live beyond those differences. We
recognize and embrace our differences but that does not
mold our thinking and determine our actions. The mind, spirit,
life and truth of Christ does.
And that is how there is unity in our fellowship. This is how we may all be one no matter what generation we belong.