Resurrected Living
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Learning to Disagree Better

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“Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense…” (Proverbs 11:12)

We have a problem in our country with communicating with people who are on the other side of an issue. Rather than listen and respond politely, we see people calling names, degrading others, belittling their neighbors, or worse. Before we can discuss our differences, we must first address how we are to treat one another.

We are heavily influenced by the people we surround ourselves with. This is not limited to one’s group of friends. It also includes the radio, tv, and social media personalities we listen to each day. There are some very unhealthy voices in our society, and if we read or listen to them on a regular basis, then it is very likely we will adopt their unhealthy ways.

Conservative or liberal, Democrat or Republican, we should seek to only listen to people of character. We should avoid people who call names or degrade other human beings. We should not listen to people who are constantly angry and want us to share their anger. We should turn off anyone who makes fun of others or is disrespectful to human beings created in God’s image.

Instead, we should surround ourselves with people who display the fruit of the Spirit.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)

Character matters, and it is important that we find trustworthy voices who treat other human beings with dignity and respect to listen to and learn from. In so doing, we will imitate what we digest and begin to treat our neighbors as God would have us to do.

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