…said by no one ever.
No one agrees with another person on every topic, at least not willingly. For example, I met a couple a few days ago who were painfully divided about this year’s election. They have been married 30+ years, beautiful home, great family. Just plain good people. But when it came to politics, Romeo and Juliet broke up to join their families. They became bitter rivals while holding to their beliefs. Each person had good points but their relationship suffered because of their disagreement. They refused to just gloss over something so important to them.
But we do.
We all have friends, family who say and do things we do not agree with, but rather than bring it up – or worse, confront them – we gloss over it. Now I will be the first to admit these situations are complicated. It requires wisdom and grace to handle disagreements well.
There is one relationship I’m concerned about above the rest. The one we have with Jesus.
No one is 100% on the same page with Jesus.
If you agree completely with everything Jesus said, you probably haven’t read many of his words.
This may sound harsh, but I have been studying the words of Jesus in Matthew for nearly two years now and every week or so I stumble upon a passage that just stings. No – Jesus wouldn’t say this – he’s contradicting other parts of the Bible – maybe its just the translation.
Jesus would not have won the popular vote. Because he refused to gloss over difficult topics. And in our relationship with him he still refuses to budge. He is full of grace, not compromise. If there is something you disagree with Jesus on – do not gloss over it. It will be painful or uncomfortable, but the relationship will be better for it.
That couple has survived 7 elections together. They might never agree on a political candidate, but maybe they have also learned to not gloss over the tough spots in their marriage. Maybe that is why 30 years in they are still going strong.
What’s something Jesus said that you have a hard time with?