One survey found that some young adults leave church because they grow tired of so much infighting. Of course, when people from many backgrounds come together, you should expect some differences to arise. It’s why biblical writers frequently address the issue of how God’s people can get along with each other. To reduce conflict, the Apostle Paul wrote about this in Romans chapter 12: “God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. … When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them.” While these principles may not eliminate all conflict, they can foster harmony in our relationships.
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