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Why can we not get along with each other?

Someone in the crowd said to the Lord Jesus, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.’ (Luke 12:13). Instead of mediating, the Lord Jesus gave a warning against greed. It seems that the man’s family conflict came as a result of his greedy attitude. At another time, the Lord Jesus warned us against finding fault in others when there are even worse faults in ourselves,Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.’ (Matthew 7:3-5).

Why can’t we get along with each other? The reasons can be summarized this way:

Satanic involvement

Satan is described in the Bible as a deceiver and the father of lies, who disguises himself as an angel of light and goes around the earth tempting individuals and looking for people to destroy. The Lord Jesus was clear concerning Satan, ‘He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.’ (John 8:44). Satan and his demons are powerful, evil schemers whom Christians are taught to oppose in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Personal attitudes and actions

Perfect people do not exist, even though some individuals are easier to get along with than others. Interpersonal tensions often begin and end with people whose personality traits, attitudes, feelings, and behaviours create conflict and distrust. The prophet Habakkuk wrote: Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds.’ (Hab. 1:3).

The faults that hinder good interpersonal relations may include:

A self-centred need to be noticed, to be in control or to have prestige, and position;

The Lord Jesus noticed these types of people, ‘To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable.’ (Luke 18:9). This is a parable about Pharisee and tax collector. (Luke 18:10-14)

A non-forgiving and harsh approach to others;

The Apostle wrote,Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.’ (Eph. 4:32).

An inclination to be judgmental and hypercritical.

The Lord Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount: ‘Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.’ (Luke 6:37).

Dr. Czeslaw Bassara ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; www.proword.eu)

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