Today's prompt is AGREE.
I usually inwardly cringe when I hear this word. I immediately think of the ecumenical movement, which, though I agree with their motives, I don't agree with their methods.
Agree to me can have the connotation of tolerance, let everybody believe what they want to believe. It's all good.
That's not really what I think Scripture means when it talks about harmony and unity. Unity means that you're together. You can agree to disagree, but you're still not together on that issue. But you can have harmony, an absence of strife.
I have been 1 John with Wendy Blight and the Proverbs31 team. In her book, I Am Loved, Wendy dives deep into 1 John. This week (Week 2) has been so good! And it talks about how light cannot have fellowship with darkness. We are children of the Light, and our God is light. 1 John 1:8b: “...For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining.”
He continues in verses 9-11: “If anyone claims, 'I am living in the light,' but hates a fellow believer, that person is still living in darkness. Anyone who loves a fellow believer is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble. But anyone who hates a fellow believer is still living and walking in darkness. Such a person does not know the way to go, having been blinded by the darkness” (NLT).
He goes on to say that we will NOT agree with the world, “for the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave” (1 John 1:16-17, NLT).
Wendy says: “Love the world or love God. It's a choice. Every day, many times a day, life presents us with opportunities to choose. The choice is ours.”
Join with me! Let's choose “to be in the world but not of the world” (John 15:18-16:4).