“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” – Romans 12:3-5
As we continue discussing the story of Abram and Lot, we see the beneficial ways that Abram tackled the conflict of the land split with Lot. Along with addressing his concerns and finding a way to make the situation a win-win for both parties, Abram also exercised humility.
Abram could have insisted that given his seniority in the family, and given his superior wealth, that things would have to be done his way. Instead, he allowed Lot’s position to be heard and he diffused a potentially volatile situation by letting his pride go.
So many families have been destroyed because of a strong-willed person persisting with a “my way or the highway” approach. Even couples who are in strong marriages will disagree from time to time. Godly leaders in a church can love Christ and each other but still disagree.
In order for there to be peace in your job, in your home, or in your relationship, you must be able to see the value in the other person’s perspective. God did not create everyone the same. He made each of us unique. The people you have surrounded yourself with, your experiences, and your life decisions all contribute to your perspective on the world and in life.
Because of their influences, others might have a completely different perspective than you. Do not be so narrow-minded that you cannot consider that perspective. There is value in every individual, and that includes their viewpoint. Seek to find that value!