“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity” (Ps 133:1). Harmonious relationships result when all parties pull in the same, not opposite

 Am I easy to get along with?

directions, because they have agreed to walk and work together for the common good (Amos 3:3).  Through submission I forgo my personal wants for the overall good so we “Live in peace with each other” (1 Thes 5:13). In any close relationship, there will be times of friction and conflict, yet when these are resolved the relationship actually becomes stronger through reconciliation.

We must obey or refrain from (as the case may be) the non-negotiable commands of the Bible relating to our conduct, while in other matters, for the sake of maintaining good relationships, we can compromise and do things the other person’s way because we understand the value of co-operation and the multiplied power of unity (Lev 26:8; Deut 32:30). It’s not a case of one party being a ‘door mat’ and always being walked over, rather through discussion a suitable common decision is reached. Compatibility is never obtained through compliance.

See also: agreement, compromise, conflict, co-operation, harmony, relationships, submission, tolerate, unity.

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