As Christians we are called to live at peace and in harmony with everyone. To “accept those whose faith is weak without passing judgment on disputable matters.” This should be easy right? If I am the one whose faith is strong, I can be charitable to those who are weaker. But, what if I am wrong and my faith is the weaker faith? This possibility requires deep humility. Throughout his letters, Paul calls us to humble ourselves before each other, to consider others better than ourselves. What if I am open to the possibility that sometimes I am the one who is wrong? I have an aunt who has an incredible way of listening to you. She listens with her “whole self,” with a humbleness that makes you want to share. What if we really listened to each other this way?
Questions for further thought:
1. Do I listen to understand or to be understood?
2. Am I open to being wrong?
Challenge: In at least one conversation this week, listen to understand. Ask lots of questions.
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