1 Peter 3:8-9 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
Dear God, I think it goes in this order: humble, love one another, sympathetic, compassionate, and like-minded. I guess the reason I took the time to put these in order is it struck me as odd that humble is listed last when I think you can’t do any of it without starting with humility.
When I first saw this admonition to be like-minded I thought of all of the strife in our country now. Relationships on social media have ended over political issues. Divorce rates are high. I have my own issues with different family members where we are not like-minded. I’ve been convinced for years that Satan’s Plan A when it comes to attacking us is through our unity. When Jesus prays for future believers, of all of the things he can pray for, he prays for unity among them. (John 17:20-23)
Father, help me to find ways to be like-minded and united with those around me. Let it start with humility on my part. Then let me love others, be sympathetic, and compassionate. And do this so that your love will shine through me and people will be drawn to you.
In Jesus’ name I pray,