Agreement

<<shared purpose, harmony, conformity>>

Agreement is like two people rowing a boat in the same direction making progress, however, when they do not agree it is as if they are rowing in different directions – a lot of frustration and effort but no real progress. Scripture promises that if two or more believers agree, and pray according to God’s will their prayer will be granted (Mt 18:19,20).

“I appeal...that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought” (1 Cor 1:10; Phil 4:2). This means focusing on the crucial aspects of Christianity what you have in common, the non-negotiable issues, rather than those with the potential to divide.  However, obviously we will hold differing views on things of no eternal consequence. On these non-important subjects, without being divisive, we can agree to disagree!

Agreeing will involve compromise, giving and taking for mutual benefit as the parties work together for a common goal – balancing desires, rights and responsibilities so

There is power in agreement

all parties emerge as winners, with neither side conceding or having their way on every point. Yield your preferences for the long-term benefits gained. The Bible says, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Eph 5:21).

As people live in harmony with those of like mind there are peace, goodwill and a divine energising power infusing those relationships producing successful upward advancement in every aspect of life. “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity...For there the Lord imparts His blessing” (Ps 133:1-3). However, when there is discord, rivalry, and deception creeps in, and relationships deteriorate.

We should endeavour to fulfil any agreements we make, honouring our words even if they cost us – unless they contravene Bible commands (Ps 15:4). Don’t enter into any undertaking without careful thought and knowing the facts. Christian’s are not to enter into business partnerships or marriage with non-Christians (2 Cor 6:14-16). “Can two people walk together unless they are of one mind?” (Amos 3:3).

Also be aware, Satan is empowered when we agree with him – it is signing the delivery note. We should resist all negative, destructive thoughts, and feelings of self-pity. Do not regard as true the negative damaging comments others may make about you. Actively reject them and not not speak any potentially destructive self-fulfilling prophecy or predictions into reality. Rather accept the promises and sound advice of Scripture which when embraced will bring about life transforming change as our minds come into harmony with God’s plan for us.

See also: alliance, approval, commitment, compromise, conflict, co-operation, covenant, God's will, prayer, self-fulfilling prophecy, submission, unity.  


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