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Dads love it when their kids get along.

It’s especially sweet to a father when his kids not only get along, but they act like buddies who like doing things together.

That’s how it was with my Jessica and Melissa when they were kids.

During their adolescence, there were some rough spots in this regard.

Just like in most homes.

But now they’re buddies who really enjoy their times together, although there aren’t enough of them.

Our Abba Father is the author of this yearning, of course, since He created the idea and mechanism for parenting.

I was reminded of His desire in this respect while reading today from the One-Year Bible.

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1)

God loves unity. The people involved love it. The observing world loves it, since it’s not commonly observed in everyday life.

Satan hates it, of course, and tries every trick in his book to stir up trouble.

Please be watchful for those devilish influences.

Forgive quickly.

Reject gossip.

Help generously.

Consider what makes God and others happy rather than your pride.

We all know that smiles rooted in humility, unselfishness and positive, shared purposes are more enduring and refreshing.

Whatever there is in your heart or mind that is hindering unity, please lay it aside.

Life will be so much better to have a friend or loved one at your side rather than that unity-busting grudge or inflated ego or possession.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Just about every dad wants his kids to get along.

Regardless of the kids’ ages, it brings a sense of calm satisifaction to the father when he sees his children viewing one another as allies rather than enemies.

I’ve seen plenty of examples of the above and it’s pleasing to the soul.

Of course, I’ve seen heartbroken fathers whose kids can’t stand each other and that is so burdening to the soul.

God is a Daddy, of course. In fact, Jesus called Him Abba Father.

God wants His kids to get along, viewing one another as allies rather than enemies.

Is this how you and I view everyone in our congregations? Or are there people whom we avoid because we don’t like their personality style or their popularity or their abilities to do certain things better than us?

We might not be gossiping about them, but we also are not embracing or encouraging them.

We are not treating them like family. And we’re certainly not treating them as friends.

What does God think about this kind of attitude?

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God” (Romans 15:7).

These words from the Apostle Paul were not given as an option for faith, but instead as a command.

As you do a quick inventory of your relationships with other adults in your congregation, do you have a 100 percent compliance ratio to Romans 15:7?

Be honest.

Or are there some people in your flock that you avoid for whatever reason?

Listen, Paul’s instruction doesn’t require us to imitate the best-buddy, David-Jonathan relationship that happens just a few times during the course of our lives. We are required, however, to understand that others in our congregations are just as important to the Kingdom as are we. For God paid the SAME price to atone for their sins as He did for ours — the death of His Son.

If others have the same value to God as do we, shouldn’t we accept them just as readily as part of our faith family?

If you’ve been reluctant lately to associate with certain people at church, please allow Romans 15:7 to permeate your heart and soul. For when you and I stop living to please our personal preferences and start living to include and bless others, we’ll bring praise to God.

He’ll smile as His kids gather together without some of them feeling left out or not as important.

And isn’t putting a smile on His face part of why we were created in the first place?

As always, I love you
Martin

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