Oil and Vinegar

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“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3:14 (NLT)

Have you ever had someone in your life that you just didn’t get along with? Personality clashes are nothing new to our society. They exist in the work environment, in our homes, schools, churches, etc. On a regular basis, we encounter people we feel are difficult to be around. Differences in behavior, in opinions, values and perspectives can cause clashes between people. God loves us all and doesn’t expect differences to divide us. He expects us to learn from eachother, work together and learn to get along no matter how difficult we find it to be. When it comes to oil and vinegar, they don’t mix. We find the only thing that can cause them to mix is an emulsifier. It is the agent that contains special compounds that wrap around the molecules in oil and causes them to bond with the water molecules in vinegar. For example, soap and egg yolk are both well-known emulsifiers. These are both outside agents that are used to bring two very different substances together. It’s not in our own natural ability to be patient with others’ idiosyncrasies. We need an outside Agent. God’s love is the great emulsifying agent we can use when we are faced with someone we clash with. God’s love will help you be caring, understanding of others and patient. His love can bring two very different people together that wouldn’t normally get along. 

Prayer: Lord, I need You and I humble myself under Your mighty hand. You are patient with me. Help me be understanding and patient with others. I admit I have areas in my life that You are working on. Other people have areas You are working on in them. Help me love them and treat them with respect. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.


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