These words, I don’t think they mean what you think they mean

An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars. Prov. 18:19

Debate does not mean attack. Explore does not mean endorse. Disagree does not mean condemn.We can get our panties in wads over semantics, styles, and schedules. We can let our aesthetics, palates, and preferences take precedence over relationships. Even when the issue is something that we consider a moral imperative or an absolute truth, how we treat people who disagree still matters. If “the greatest of these is love” then love comes first.

Lord, help me listen and love.