Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in faith. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently.
– Romans 14:1 (The Message Translation)
Never spend time arguing with a fool – because people from a distance can’t tell who’s who.
We argue over a great many things. Today it seems our arguments are more heated than ever. But this Sunday, as we worship, we will be invited to reflect on the power and purpose of the Communion Meal. We call this meal a “Means of Grace” to remind us that in the bread and wine, body and blood, there is forgiveness and the promise of new life.
But this meal is also one best enjoyed with others. Jesus always intended Communion to be about relationships – ours with God, but also ours with each another. With this in mind, the meal becomes a powerful, world-changing opportunity for laying aside our differences and finding unity in what really matters. Then, sent out as transformed people, we are are to seek good for others, put the best construction on everything, and speak with love and kindness.
There are few topics worth risking peace over.
~Pastor Mike Middaugh