Grace Communion Church – Different Points of View

A husband and wife came for counselling after 15 years of marriage.
When asked what the problem was, the wife went into a passionate, painful tirade listing every problem they had ever had in the 15 years they had been married. She went on and on and on: neglect, lack of intimacy, emptiness, loneliness, feeling unloved and unlovable, an entire laundry list of unmet needs she had endured over the course of their marriage. Finally, after allowing this to go on for a sufficient length of time, the therapist got up, walked around the desk and, after asking the wife to stand, embraced and kissed her passionately. The woman shut up and quietly sat down as though in a daze. The therapist turned to the husband and said, “This is what your wife needs at least three times a week. Can you do this?” The husband thought for a moment and replied…”Well, I can drop her off here on Mondays and Wednesdays, but on Fridays, I go fishing!”

That little story illustrates the difference between the way the minds of men and women work. One of our greatest challenges in marriage or partnership is to learn to understand and appreciate each other’s point of view.gracecommunioncouple

So if it takes time and effort for two people to learn to live together, how much more difficult when the problem is scaled up to tribes and nations.
If we think about the situation in Syria, in Egypt, in Iraq and Afghanistan how can the different points of view be reconciled? In those countries you have large groups of people who want the situation to be resolved their way and are prepared to maim and kill their own countrymen who have a different point of view.

In Europe, though not yet faced with civil war, some are in an economic war where stronger countries impose their will and austerity policies on weaker countries. How can these different points of view be reconciled? How easily this could lead to a difficult and dangerous situation.

There are many situations around the world where different points of view are causing conflicts and it is the ordinary citizens that pay the price. We read of situations where people are driven from their homes and businesses, losing everything overnight. Where the economy of the country is ruined by conflict and people struggle to afford the basics to stay alive. It’s all too easy to give up hope, to become depressed, rightly believing the problems are beyond our human capacity to resolve.

A different inner spirit.
But there is another way! God, who is loving and merciful, is aware of humanity’s infinite capacity to behave inhumanly toward each other. The bible is a good news story of a patient God allowing us the freedom to choose, even to clash because of our different points of view. As a society we all go through troubling times as we learn about our limitations and our need for a different inner spirit.

A better future.
God plans a wonderful future for us and sent his son to earth to show us a different way of life. He laid down his own life on our behalf to pay the penalty for the way we live today; he will not allow our self-inflicted suffering go for ever. Christ will return in power and glory, to reconcile all the different points of view that cause conflict between individuals, tribes and nations. He will have the power to impose peace, by force if necessary, at the beginning of his return to earth. The Spirit of God will begin to work in the minds of men to create a new way of peace.

Does this seem unbelievable? Of course it does unless you are prepared to investigate and find out for yourself the promises of God. There is a better world and a wonderful future ahead for all humanity. Come and join us in learning about it, spreading the good news.

Author Keith Hartrick, pastor of Grace Communion, Crossgates.

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