Unity–a follow up

I posted a quote on “unity” yesterday.

KF posted a comment question that I think is not only worth engaging with, but to create another post from.

So…since the evidence of pianos being in tune is the lack of dissonance (that peculiar sound harmonic that waves over the listener able to be heard by even the most tone deaf folks…with a little training), what is the evidence that would show this when our hearts are in tune with Christ? I’m always interested in indicators…

First, before seeking to engage with the question–I want to make the observation, that this is a great question.  Actually a great model for anytime we read the Bible, hear a sermon, discuss spiritual formation with a friend, read anything.  The question is–what am I to do with it?  How to I respond?  Is there a truth I need to do something about?  How do I know if I am applying that truth?

So, since KF provided the stimulus, here is my draft response.

Nice question.  I love your thoughtful engaging and processing.

Feel free to add your own list but here are some of my indicators (I reserve the right to add to it).  Most of these are things that don’t come naturally or that I can’t manufacture (at least not consistently for a long time).

Humility–Christ was humble, so those who are tuning our hearts to His will be humble.  Humility is seen when…
I am willingness or better I desire to put others first–seeking to out serve others (this is especially true in the home)
Gentleness toward those who are less than loveable or even likable

An active demonstration of the self-sacrificial, self-giving, need-meeting love
A willingness to put up other (Colossians 3:13) and forgive
Believing the best rather than assigning motive to the actions of others

Truth speaking even when it means I don’t look better than those around me

Trusting God in big ways or for real thing (not the superficial stuff we normally pray about), since God is big.
Trusting God enough to be generous with my own time, talents and treasures
Trusting God enough not to try to manipulate situations when I don’t think He is moving quickly enough

Absence of…

Ruthless commitment to truth applied with practical implications

Author: Steve

I love to study the Bible and I love to engage with others in learning. I had been privileged to do this on a regular basis through church ministry and through part-time teaching at a local Bible colleges. Helping individuals learn to feed themselves through their own study of God’s Word is joy-giving to me. Influencing groups to do life and church from a biblically grounded, theologically faithful perspective is my passion.

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