Today’s Reading: 1 Peter 3:8-4:6 

How do we live in harmony with one another? Moody said: “There are two ways of being united — one is by being frozen together, and the other is by being melted together. What Christians need is to be united in brotherly love,”. That’s how we live in harmony.

We must take “others into consideration when making decisions. And in an age of selfish individualism, we are to avoid slipping into a survival of the fittest mentality in the Church.  “Be sympathetic; love, as brothers be compassionate and humble.”

What does it mean to be humble? It’s a realization that all I am is found in all of Christ! It’s seeing ourselves as dependent on him, realizing that without his sustaining our lives with oxygen and health and income and other provisions we wouldn’t last a second!

Booker T. Washington, the renowned educator, was a notable example of this truth. he was stopped by a wealthy lady. Not recognizing the famous Mr. Washington by sight, she asked if he would like to earn a few dollars by chopping wood for her. He had no pressing business at that moment, so Professor Washington smiled, rolled up his sleeves, and proceeded to do the humble chore she had requested. When he was finished, he carried the logs into the house and stacked them by the fireplace.

 

A little girl recognized him and later disclosed his identity to the lady. The next morning, the embarrassed woman went to see Mr. Washington in his office at the Institute and apologized profusely. “It’s perfectly all right, Madam,” he replied. “Occasionally I enjoy a little manual labor. Besides, it’s always a delight to do something for a friend.” She shook his hand warmly and assured him that his meek and gracious attitude had endeared him and his work to her heart.

Not long afterward she showed her admiration by persuading some wealthy acquaintances to join her in donating thousands of dollars to the Tuskegee Institute. That’s humility! We must live in harmony with one another: “living in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, loving as brothers being compassionate and humble” Notice God’s word teaches that a blessing comes to those who make living for Christ their goal!

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