The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
After Stephen finished his meeting, Frank his collegue walked up to him and asked, “Why didn’t you tell them that I helped you work on this project for the last month?” He turned and looked at Frank and replied, “I don’t know……I just didn’t!”
Upset. Frank blurts out, “You took all the credit as if I did nothing!” Everyone turned around and listened intently. Stephen laughed and said, “What are you talking about? You need a vacation man!” As Stephen walked away, Frank felt sick to the stomach. Everyone looked at him as if he had just been caught with his, “pants down.”
Frank was hurt by Stephen’s attitude toward him. After all, they were close friend’s in high school. What happened to their friendship? Did Stephen show love for Frank? What makes people do what they do to another individual?
Paul writes in Philipians 2:1,2 to the church
“Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, v.2 fulfill my joy, by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”
In otherwords, Paul reminds us to do things in love, and treat everyone with love. Yes, like Frank you probably remember a time someone mistreated you. Or took the credit for something you did. So the question is: Is it wrong to take recognition for something you didn’t do?
Paul continues in v. 3,
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem each others better than themselves.”
Let others esteem each other better than themselves. Hum! How should have Stephen responded to Frank’s concern? If you were Stephen, how would you respond? No one is perfect. However, God gives us time to fix a terrible situation.
Aseop quotes, “In union there is strength.” Let’s think for a moment, “If Stephen took responsibility for hs actions, maybe, Frank would forgive him. As James Baldwin states, “…….a sea engulfs us and the light goes out.” The moment Stephen opened his mouth in that meeting division came between him and Frank. The light went out, and darkness set in.http://www.newtestamentchurch.org.
In Philipians 2:5-30 he speaks of, three people who walked tall in, “humility.” Jesus Christ, Timothy, and Epaphraoditus. Of course, Paul used Jesus as the first example because everyone should strive to be like Jesus Christ. Yes, Jesus is the son of God, and he knew that some may say, “It’s hard to be like Jesus! He’s the son of God!” So he gave us two other examples in this passage to leave us without an excuse.
Paul reminded them that these men weren’t perfect, however, they had integrity and were godly men. Paul needed them to understand that Jesus, Timothy, and Epaphroditus wasn’t selfish men. They were concerned about others well-being.http://www.openbible.info/topics/unity
Again, this isn’t to put anyone in hell, or judgement. This article has been written to encourage, and remind you to be kind to others. Jesus is after our heart. Remember He knows what we’re thinking before we open our mouths.
The prophet Amos asked a simple question in Amos 3:3,
“Can two walk together unless they are agreed?”
Take time this week, and ask God to show you anyone you need to forgive.
Remember to do something special for someone else this week.