5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:4-6 (NIV)
How did Jesus live in harmony with His disciples? Romans 15:5 is telling us to take the lead from Jesus Christ. The encouragement of the verse is to find the answer in the Word of God—the Bible. Let me break it down.
God is our source of endurance and encouragement. We can think, “How in the world can I have endurance and encouragement in a tough situation?” God’s solution is something simple: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” James 1:5 (NIV), and Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you” John 15:16 (NIV).
If Jesus chose me before I was born, he already knows what I need. So God says, “Just ask.” Living together in harmony with others is a matter of talking to God before talking to others. Usually, it’s the other way around; in other words, we have problems related to someone, then we talk to God about it.
Do you have difficulty living in harmony with anyone?
Have you asked God for wisdom?
God’s answer might seem slow in coming because our prayers set in motion many things: the situation itself, the person(s) we’re praying about, not to mention that just asking can mean that God will change you. God does respond. We’re asked to believe that. Above all, don’t feel guilty or despondent in any way. Why? Because God Himself is the source of endurance and encouragement!