What If We Don’t Agree?

 

This is the third installment in our six-week visual series on exploring what God’s love looks like when we live it out in our world. If you’re just joining us, you can begin with the first installment here.

Today, ask God to bring to mind a journalist, commentator, or leading thinker who doesn’t share your views. Pray God’s blessing on them. Repent of times you have used “warlike and arrogant swords of argument” (Origen) when trying to prove a point. Ask God to reveal ways to seek mutual understanding—or even mutual edification—with those who don’t agree with you.

Jon Carlson serves as Lead Pastor of Forest Hills Mennonite Church outside of Lancaster, PA. Jon and his wife, Lyn, are raising three kids who seem to have endless supplies of energy. Follow on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

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Skipping the News?

By Jon Carlson
Today, try to avoid devoting attention to the news media. Skip your typical sources of news (print media, television, radio, websites, social media, etc.) and try to commit to praying for peace during the time you would normally be following the 24-hour news cycle. Ask God to reveals ways you may be distracted from the “divine and necessary service” (Origen) to which you have been called.