How to Get Along with Everyone
By Joel B.
Acts 15:1-2 Certain people came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the believers: “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.” This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this question.
Friends, today the title of my article may be a little bit deceiving but hopefully it got your attention. It would certainly be nice to be able to get along with everyone, but I would assert that some people are just hard to get along with no matter how hard you try. Even some of the Holy Bible’s greats, such as Paul and Barnabas, had their quarrels as we can see in Acts 15:1-2. However, lets take some time to explore what the Holy Bible has to say about quarreling and getting along with others.
Lets first start with one of my favorite scriptures on this matter:
Pro 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
Isn’t this true my friends? Speaking or responding to people with a soft tongue will certainly draw them to you more than stirring them up with grievous or offensive words. People like others who are friendly and who attempt to tactfully respond to their questions. This would be your individuals that we typically refer to as being “laid back.” This is the way to be for sure. Not temperamental, or prodding with your responses.
Let’s look at another scripture:
2 Tim 2:23-26 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
To me this is all about maturity. Don’t get yourself tangled in messes that are unprofitable spiritually because you do not gain anything by it, nor does the person on the other end of the stick. Instead humble yourself, be composed, and address them with maturity, and you will pull them away from the devil’s snare.
Let’s look at one last scripture:
Matt 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
This gets a lot of people. They get so irate over what other people are doing, when in reality, they are doing things that are probably much worse. Notice that Jesus was referring to the eye. Well, if something is blocking your eye, it means you can’t see clearly. There is a double-meaning in this scripture, but I think you should be able to get it from what I just said.
Friends, every life is valuable. Even the people in this world who do awful things have immeasurable value. We all have the potential for change and to reflect Christ in our lives. Don’t waste your precious breath trying to devalue someone, and don’t stick around for someone to treat you likewise. Love another and treat those well who hate you. Who knows, your living testimony could be what God is using to bring someone to Christ, and that is invaluable. Thank you for reading and God bless.