Go to Your Brother
Unity was so important to Jesus that he told his disciples that if they were in the temple about to make a sacrifice and suddenly recalled that someone had something against them, they should immediately leave the temple, seek out the one offended and make peace. Getting the relationship right is more important than performing religious activities.
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Today we’re going to talk about getting along with fellow Christians. There’s a saying, “You can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your relatives.” If a friend does something wrong, we can move away from them. Friendship is not a committed relationship. Sometimes people do things that we didn’t expect and they’re hurtful to us. So live and learn. Choose better friends next time, or learn to be a better friend, next time, yourself, as the case may be. Sometimes we’re the one that is the offending party. But family…well, that’s a whole different ballgame. If our relatives do us wrong, we can move away from them, like you would a friend, but we will always be connected to our family by genetics. That’s the way God designed it. Our family is always supposed to be there for us, and we’re always supposed to be there for them. With family, it is necessary to all we can to resolve issues. And it’s like that with our fellow church members as well.
Look with me at a scripture that talks about that. It’s in John 17:11. Jesus has just given the new Passover symbols of bread and wine to the disciples. He’s washed their feet. He knows He’s going to die and be separated from them for a time. And so He’s praying for them.