Now may the God of patience and encouragement grant you to be like-minded with one another in the manner of Messiah Yeshua, so that together with one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. Romans 15:5-6, TLV

The context of these passages is about protecting, encouraging, and having patience with those who are weaker than us. To love our neighbor as ourselves (Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 19:19, Mark 12:31). That is the manner of Jesus.

When most of us barely see our neighbors, and some don’t even know them, how do we demonstrate a like-minded attitude? Probably the most pervasive opportunity is social media. The past several days, friends and family have voiced their concerns to me over the virulent and offensive words posted continuously. It’s easy to think we must defend and debate, but we would be giving in to the one who thrives on confusion and dissent.

If someone asks our opinion, one-on-one, we should be prepared for a simple, Biblical response. If they disagree respond with patience and grace. Just know that sometimes we must step away or agree to disagree and change the subject.

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It’s not easy out there. Walking in like-mindedness with Jesus takes persistence and prayer. But, when we do, together with one voice we may glorify the Father. And that’s a good thing.

How do you love your neighbor in these trying times?

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