Sunday, January 20, 2019

O V E R C O M I N G   S T R I F E
Proverbs 10:12

Does your team seem divided at times?  Is strife at work to tear your teammates apart and to cause disharmony?  How do we bring about the healing of relationships and restoration of teamwork?

In Proverbs chapter 10 and verse 12 it says, “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all transgressions.”  Hatred seems like such a harsh word for the things we see dividing our teams.  Most people wouldn't even admit to hating anyone.  Look at what causes the strife on your team and you'd probably say it's selfishness, which is simply a soft word for hate.

The good news is that there's a solution.  According to the scripture, Love covers all transgressions.  Not just a few transgressions, all of them.  What a powerful thing love is.  What's more, it's proven in the life of Christ.  His love for us has covered our transgression for all time and has ushered us into an eternal relationship with God.

Love is the key to good relationships on your team.  Let love, selfless giving to each other, counter the strife born of selfishness.  Let love rule your conduct in practice, on the field of competition and in the classroom.  Cover your teammates' shortcomings by loving them and seeking their best, even when it comes at your cost.

Pray for the Lord to heal your team's divisions and to fill you with His love.  Ask the Lord to cover others' transgressions by His love expressed through you.

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 8:14-22
Acts 11:19-30
Psalms 19
Genesis 42-43