Each Friday my writing stems from a word prompt. Five minutes, one word prompt. The prompt this week is … Agree.
Upon seeing the word prompt, I thought how wonderful it is when we all are able to be in agreement. Life is pleasant and easy. No tensions.
It seems all we need to do is scroll through social media or listen to the news, and the ability to live in agreement slips through our fingers as quickly as a grain of sand.
The ability to live in disagreement would be more wonderful than the ability to live in agreement.
According to dictionary.com, agree does mean “to harmonize in opinion”. We probably all can agree we are not going to be able to do this 100% of the time.
However, it also gives us this definition to think on: “to live without contention.”
This is surely doable.
Paul in writing to the church in Rome, addressed a time when they were disagreeing on certain foods permissible to eat, or not. It became heated and his advice to them can equally be for us today:
“So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault.” (Romans 14:19, MSG).
The reality is we are not going to all agree. But let’s agree to use all our energy to getting along. Let’s encourage and build one another up. Let’s pray for the needs of one another. We can respect each other even if we do not hold the same opinion.
We can live without contention.
“Let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other.”