2014-05-22 - Misunderstandings
Luke 9:49-50 John answered and said, Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name; and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow along with us. 50 But Jesus said to him, Do not hinder him; for he who is not against you is for you.
How many unhappy church splits have happened over something simple? How many friendships have been blown in two by a misunderstanding? A disagreement does not have to be the end of the world. If the issue is over something very basic like Jesus begin divine or virgin born, then we really need to talk I suppose. But even then we talk to each other, not behind one another's backs.
In Mark's gospel he records Jesus being indignant when the disciples tell the Lord they have interfered with someone they didn't know casting out demons in Jesus' name. Boil down the statement to - be sure of your stand before imposing yourself. The flip side of the coin - be open to correction.
Things like this misunderstanding happen in life. It seems reasonable to say that John and his fellow disciples were sure of their place in stopping this other person. There is no indication that any of them argued their case in response to Jesus' firm correction.
Often the painful lessons are the ones we remember best. The friendships rebuilt with love and respect are the ones that weather life's storms.
Be gracious when your are right and when you are wronged.
Lord - not unlike the parable of the shepherd searching for the one sheep that had wandered away, You found us. Open us to the idea of going the extra mile to make peace in a disagreement and with bruised feelings. Like the woman caught in adultery and the thief on the cross you died for both parties in a dispute. Amen.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.