Worship Team Blues

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and humility, with patience, bearing with one another in love, being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1 WEB

As he sat on the front row, I could see from the look on his face that we were making a lasting impression on the guest speaker at our church. Some of the praise and worship team was arguing loudly with the sound team about the monitor mix, while the evangelist sat on the front row and looked on in puzzled amazement. As I slowly sank down behind my keyboard, the Holy Spirit quietly left the building.

That was one of the driest services that I have ever sat through. I felt sorry for the speaker as he labored to bring his message later. The praise team should have ushered in the Spirit of God and set the atmosphere, but we were too busy fighting amongst ourselves to notice that He had left. It turns out that our attitude mattered more to Him, than the chords that we played.

God does not like it when His children argue, and He wants us to live in unity and peace with one another (Psalm 133:1). Paul said 'Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?' (1 Corinthians 6:7) and 'Do not grieve the Holy Spirit' (Ephesians 4:30). We certainly grieved Him that day. When someone else is having a bad day, it does not give us the freedom to mirror them, and it always takes two or more to argue.

It is easy to get offended in church, and then nurse those hurts like a dear old friend. Eventually everything that person does or says becomes negative to you, and it begins to poison your spiritual life. Then a simple word can cause an explosion as the volcano of bitterness finally erupts.

Strive to maintain the peace. Learn to bite your tongue and keep your thoughts to yourself. Don't be so important in your own eyes that you cannot overlook another's shortcoming or failing. Don't let a small thing, become a big thing. It is not about Me, Myself, and I, but about us, as we all make up the body of Christ. Can we not just get along?

Prayer: Heavenly Father please help me shake off the hurts, rejections and offenses that I encounter. Deliver me from the negativity and cleanse me from any bitterness in my life. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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