Don’t these first verses search your heart? Paul expounds the parable of the Good Samaritan with telling effect – who is my neighbour?
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
We can see here that there is a strong link between living together in harmony and glorifying God.
And it is _such_ harmony.
How do we do this? Because when we think through the issues that can plague our church families, how hard is can seem to live in anything close to this kind of harmony.
But it is not impossible. And it is within our reach.
Paul notes two characteristics of God here that are important.
We are to run the race with endurance, to the end.
And we are to be sons and daughters of encouragement.
These two characteristics will be of much help to us as we strive to live together in harmony with God’s people that will bring glory and honour to Him.
* God Above,
Thank You that You are the God of endurance and encouragement.
Please help us as Your people, in the little and big spiritual families You have placed us in, to live in harmony, one with another.
Please help us to live with one voice, to glorify You Heavenly Father.