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The power of compromise

From the January 2014 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Compromising can have both positive and negative connotations, depending on a given situation. Sometimes compromising may not be appropriate, but many times, when founded on prayer, compromising can be incredibly healing.

In the Bible, in Ephesians, we read that Christ “is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us” (2:14). Praying with this idea can help lead to compromises in difficult business transactions, strained marital relationships, and even the political arena. It doesn’t matter what our affiliations are, for the Apostle Paul exhorts us to know that “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).

A precious sense of oneness with others is the natural outcome of any genuine compromise. Compromising actually has a biblical basis in Jesus’ command to love our neighbor as ourselves, as well as to love our enemies. It helps to behold consistently our brother and sister as having the same mind that was in Christ Jesus—to recognize that there is really only one Mind, God, not many personal minds or selfish agendas.

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