“All of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” (1 Peter 3:8, NIV)
The Bible never ceases to amaze me with its high-definition, technicolor variety. You can find poetry, songs, narratives, parables, proverbs, laments, allegories, and just about any other genre. The Bible’s variety applies also to people. You can find some interesting characters in the Bible! In fact, I’ve just been re-reading the stories Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, and let me tell you, some of their stories are not for the faint of heart. We’re talking real life here.
It comforts me to know that there are people like us in the Bible—imperfect, sometimes wise, sometimes foolish, doing good one moment, and falling into mischief the next. Thank God that he loves us equally and we’re rescued from sin by his grace and not our merits. Isn’t it something that God can use all of us to make a difference? God loves our variety!
In 1 Peter, we’re taught to be like-minded, sympathetic, loving, compassionate, and humble. These are not just words to put as reminders on your refrigerator. This means that we are not only to be united in loving God and one another but also celebratory of our diversity in doing so. Being like-minded is not some sort of forced uniformity. It is a celebration of our common hope and trust in Christ and following his way. Variety truly is the spice of life. God created you to be uniquely you!