July 28, 2018
READ: Matthew 7:1-12
Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you (v.12).
Rooted in Jungian psychology, the premise of Insights Discovery is that personalities can be classified into four primary colours with ranking degrees of prominence. Each colour represents certain behaviours that have both positive (strength) and negative (weakness) connotations. Insights has been adopted by organisations across the world to assist with employee engagement, team dynamics and leadership development.
I’ve witnessed the application of Insights in the workplace, and can testify to its usefulness. I’ve also witnessed how more than insight is needed in the face of heated disagreement. More helpful is Jesus’ Golden Rule, which is to “do to others whatever you would like them to do to you” (Matthew 7:12).
The temptation to dismiss others or treat them harshly because they don’t share our views is a difficult one to tame. That’s why Jesus cautioned, “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged” (vv.1-2).
In his letter to the Romans, Paul addressed the subject of differing practices and opinions within the community of believers. He wrote, “accept other believers who are weak in the faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. . . . Let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble” (14:1,13).
The secret at the root of overcoming our differences and appreciating others’ strengths is love. As Peter wrote, “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).
365-day plan: John 7:32-53
Read John 4:9-14 to see how Jesus responded to questions from someone who had very different religious views.
What’s your typical reaction to opinions that differ from yours? What steps can you take to ensure that your attitude more closely reflects Jesus?