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Colossians 3:12-17
How good it is when brothers live together in unity. (Psalm 133:1)
The ability to get along with others requires a great deal of effort.
In life you're going to find that some people simply rub you the wrong way.
There will be times when you find that you rub someone else the wrong way.
1. Take the high road.
  • This is our identity, and it should determine how we act.
  • My attitudes and actions are going to reflect that.
  • You don't have to try to get even; you can take the high road.
  • Taking the high road is a lot easier to do when you remember that you're not perfect either.
  • "So, what is your contribution to the problems in this marriage?"
  • Show others the same mercy you have been shown by Christ.
  • You are one of God's people; let your actions show it.
2. Your actions are more important than your feelings.
  • Sometimes you have to cover your feelings by "putting on" the right behavior.
  • You don't have to let your feelings control your actions.
  • You may not feel these things, but you can "put them on" — at least temporarily.
  • The Bible never tells us that we will be judged according to our feelings.
  • Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
3. Include Christ in every conversation.
  • WWJD
  • "What Would Jesus Say?"
  • "The people have a right and a need to know."
  • We need to make sure our conversation is filled with words that lift people up, not words that tear them down.
4. Pursue personal peace.
  • I've never met a happy critic.
  • People who have peace have no desire to stir things up.
  • ...and the peace of God which passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
  • Getting along with others may not always be easy, but it's possible.
  • Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart, and people will be less likely rub you the wrong way.