Getting along…by…Going along!
I know we do not always have to “go along” to “get along” in religion because none of us agree on all matters. And I try to make it a point to “get along” with all people as much as I can. Sometimes however, even among believers, that is just not possible (Rom. 12:18). One verse that helps me when dealing with difficult people is Ephesians 4:1-2 paying special attention to the phrase “BEARING WITH one another in love” and remembering that I only have to “bear with” those who do/say things that I don’t like. I only have to “bear with” those that I may really wish would just “bow out” or “bail out” or “pass out”…or maybe even “check out!” (LOL). Seriously when I “put up” with those people that I had really rather “punch out” I consider myself suffering as a Christian in one sense because sometimes we “suffer, being tempted” (Heb. 2:18). And suffering as a Christians is one way I can “glorify God” according to the apostle Peter (1 Pet. 4:14-16). Another thing I sometimes do is write them a letter telling them exactly the way I really feel about it/them…then I tear the letter up…ask for forgiveness…and usually try to avoid them as much as possible! In other words, I need to just “go along” on my way and stay away from them in order to “get along” with them. Others may be natured differently and can respond/react better than me and perhaps can even be more “Christ like” in some ways…but it is what it is and I am who I am and my admission is simply based on my disposition. By the way, I am not mad at anybody and have no axe to grind at this point but I am simply explaining what I have to do in order to get along with others at times…without my feeling guilty or that I have done something wrong….because I am actually doing them (and myself) a favor when I “go along” and stay out of their way in order to “get along!”
IF IT IS POSSIBLE, as much as depends on you, LIVE PEACEABLY with all men. (Romans 12:18). But that is not always possible and sometimes we simply need to “part from one another” and just “go along.”
Now Barnabas was determined to take with them John called Mark. But Paul insisted that they should not take with them the one who had departed from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the work. Then THE CONTENTION BECAME SO SHARP THAT THEY PARTED FROM ONE ANOTHER. And so Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus; but Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brethren to the grace of God. (Acts 15:37-40).
Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).