I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 1 Corinthians 1:10 NIV
Paul urges the church in Corinth to reject divisions and then expresses their target goal…that they would be united in mind and thought. With Christ being the head of the church, this would seem like an easy task. Paul was encouraging them to get their ideas together and stacked in the same order. This is similar to the concept of “trying to get everyone on the same page.” So, are there some actions steps that can help move us toward one mind?
- First, integrate keywords into the cultural climate you desire. Common vision starts with a common language which is connected with common words. Don’t think that everyone has the same historical emotions and thoughts on a given word. This is especially true for oneness to be experienced in marriage. Part of the oneness discovery would include learning each other’s thoughts and emotions about commitment, love, honesty, and being truthful.
- Even Jesus displayed this leadership model. When he began to preach, his first words were “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” Then, he spent the next three years giving examples and illustrations of what this kingdom looks like. The disciples were looking for an earthly kingdom. But, Jesus explained that God’s kingdom is very different than their idea, and it can be experienced, now.
Repetition of your words are important to reinforce your ideas and values. Three phrases that should be heard often within the family context are “I love you, I am sorry, and Will you forgive me?” Let those phrases “hang out” on all the important file cabinets within your minds. Then watch how many times you end up standing on the same page.
Blessings. Love y’all.