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Last week we saw some questions we all want answers to. God did not create the wicked, but did allow His creation to choose the path of disobedience and rebellion to become the antithesis of His design. Evil and wickedness are present in the world and God will use even that to gain glory. If your life is characterized by pride, you’re like rotting flesh and you will not be unpunished. God loved us so much that He gave us His Son Jesus Christ who atones for our sin. Truth and mercy kiss each other in the person of Christ. Since we have such reverence and love for God, we keep away from evil. All this is part of God’s curious creation where He is at the center. This morning if asked the question, “Can’t we all just get along?” Solomon tells us, yes we can.
Pro. 16:7 says, “When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
Here’s a really good question for today. As the increasing stream of intolerance and hatred spread throughout society and in social and mainstream media, I think it’s a fair question to ask. Is it possible to get along with others? Even in venues where we agree for the most part, you still see divisions among people who claim to love one another. In Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth he said, “When you come together as a church, I hear that divisions exist among you; and in part I believe it.” (1 Cor. 11:18) What I really love about this verse is notice that Paul says when you come together as a church. Paul says, “when” not if and not sometimes. This coming together is a regular part of the believer’s lives at Corinth. Believers meeting together under the umbrella of Jesus Christ so please don’t try and feed me any nonsense that you can be engaged in a vibrant, authentic relationship with Christ apart from the local church. So what if there isn’t one? Start making disciples.
Solomon says, “When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies be at peace with him.” Pay careful attention to the pronouns here. Solomon is talking relationships between men. When a man walks with God, talks with God, communes with God, listens to God, awesome things happen. Solomon is literally saying, when your heart is together with God, then God can turn your foes into friends. Rom. 8:31 says, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” If you were around in 1991, you’ll remember the story of Rodney King. He became the poster child for police brutality when someone began videoing his encounter with police in Los Angeles. Four police officers were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and use of excessive force. All were acquitted except one officer on one charge and that sparked the famous Los Angeles riots of 1992 where 55 people were killed and over 2000 were injured. On May 1, 1992 as the riots were in their third day, reporters were asking Rodney King questions and he said, “People, I just want to say, can we all get along? Can we get along?” As long as there are people, there will be issues that cause division. Christians should be different in the process used to handle differences. We should all get along, but even Paul said, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” (Rom. 12:18) It’s a conditional clause. Whatever you can do, be at peace with all men. Solomon is saying God can make it happen. God can cause men to change their mind.
We started off today asking the question, “Can’t we all just get along?” The answer is most definitely yes! When your ways are pleasing to the Lord, He’ll make even your enemies be at peace with you. We saw some questions we all want answers to. We learned about the importance of the Bible and knowing what it says.
Confrontation is not something that is fun, but is a necessity. The Apostle Paul talked of the importance of coming together and he assumed that it’s a regular occurrence. Be in church. Work things out. Get along with people. Love people.