Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:12-14
We have recently had building work done in our house and our house now desperately needs reclaiming from the dust. My husband caught me in this battle the other day and asked me if I was pregnant because I seemed to be ‘nesting’. Funny! Well even more so because those who know us well will know that tidiness is not my default (I am more like the picture above) but it’s actually very important to my husband.
In fact this is just one of the many areas where we are VERY different and in our dark days these differences have had the ability to drive a massive wedge between us obliterating any memory of what we have in common or that these differences are actually complementary (ie we neither have a house that is so untidy or so pristine that others feel unwelcome).
Where are you different? How are those differences actually complementary to each other?
Prayer (as a couple)
Dear Lord, thank you so much for making us unique and different. Thank you for all the ways in which our differences compliment or complete us. Please help us with those differences we find harder to understand. Amen
Prayer (for others)
Heavenly Father, we pray for _______ and ________ whose differences are becoming overwhelming to them. Please give them a fresh insight into those things that unite them. Amen.
It’s not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognise, accept and celebrate those differences. Audre Lorde