1st August 2018

CLASH 

“Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.”
1 Peter 3:8-12 (MSG)

During the riots in Los Angeles in 1992, we were under a curfew. The tension in Southern California had been high for days and it was deemed dangerous to be out after dark. I had not experienced such a situation and it was a little bit scary.

My daughter almost added to the tension shortly after the riots ended when we ate at a restaurant to celebrate our freedom from the curfew. As we walked among the tables on our way out, my then 4-year-old daughter stopped at a table of African Americans and asked a woman if she was black.

Everyone in the whole restaurant seemed to hold their breath before she replied, “Yes, I am.” Stephanie told her, “You have really pretty hair.” The sigh of relief was audible.

“Can we all get along?” is the question Rodney King asked on the third day of the rioting. Indeed. What would life be like if we all could get along with each other? After reading the header scripture, I wanted to remember this but found it difficult to keep the five words straight in my mind, so I switched them around and came up with the acronym CLASH.

I found simply keeping the word clash in my mind helps me at those times when my natural, carnal reaction is to clash with people, rather than be Compassionate, Loving, Agreeable, Sympathetic and Humble.

Getting along with others, just like following all the admonitions in the Bible, isn’t something we can do perfectly on our own. The Holy Spirit is the one who transforms us, but we can and should cooperate with him in the process. Reminding ourselves to clash, or rather, not to clash, is one way to help it along.

Prayer
Father in heaven, when we are struggling not to clash with others, help us to remember to be Compassionate, Loving, Agreeable, Sympathetic and Humble. We will be blessed by this and also be a blessing to others. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by Tammy Tkach

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About the Author:
Tammy Tkach is the wife of Grace Communion President, Joseph Tkach, and resides in California, USA. Tammy is GCI Women’s Ministry Support Co-Coordinator and editor of Connections, an ezine for women in ministry.

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