Over the last few days during a sometimes heated, occasionally nasty debate with several brothers and one sister in Christ on my own Facebook wall, I wondered how it is that Christians continue to berate and belittle one another in the name of “speaking the truth in love.” I thought about this a lot last night as I was unable to sleep. This evening I see the Bible Gateway verse of the day is:
“And in faith all of one will, in prayer be ye each suffering with other, lovers of brotherhood, merciful, mild, meek; [Forsooth in faith all of one understanding, or will, in prayer be ye compassionate, or each suffering with other, lovers of fraternity, merciful, mild, meek;]”
I thought about this verse again in a different light, perhaps from a slightly odd perspective. When Peter tells us to suffer with each other, he says to be “in faith all of one will” or “all of one understanding.” It occurred to me that perhaps it is not that Peter is calling us to agree, but calling us to recognize that we are all in one will – and who’s will is that?
You know who I am going to say, don’t you? The will, the understanding we are in by faith is not our own or even our brother’s or sister’s will and understanding. Rather we stand together in Jesus’ will and understanding.