WHAT mATTERS - COMPROMISE
One day soon, the church, the body of Christ, which includes all those who have received eternal life through trusting in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, will be caught up together to heaven for the marriage supper of the Lamb. This marriage celebration of Jesus and His bride (us) will last for seven years and culminate in our return to earth with Him at the end of the great tribulation period. It will be a time of perfect unity with one another in Christ. All the mysteries will be made known to us, and all the things we had questions about will be answered. As Paul said in Ephesians 4:13, it is when we will have “all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” We will be one with Him.
Until that time comes, we are told to walk like Jesus walked, in humility, and meekness, and patience with one another. We are to never compromise in sharing the gospel, but we are not to argue about other things that divide people: politics, race, or government mandates, “…forbearing one another in love.” Do you know what that means and what that looks like? It means not thinking of yourself more highly than you ought, but remembering that other people have just as strong opinions about issues as you do, and that they might be right! So, swallow your pride, acknowledge that you don’t know everything about any issue, and pretend that maybe they do. Forbearing in love, means allowing others to be wrong without you telling them that they are, and that you don’t have to prove to them why you are right. You are to love them, not necessarily their opinions.
As we approach the time of year when families gather for holiday celebrations, let us set aside the things that 100 (or even 10) years from now won’t make any difference. Jesus didn’t force anyone to think like Him, He just acted like Himself and trusted His Father. What matters is, we should do the same: act like Him and trust Our Father. “Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 19:9
 Ephesians 4:1-2a
 Ephesians 4:2b
 Romans 12:3
 Ephesians 4:3