Christians have too many stupid and foolish arguments and miss out on the opportunities of living in agreement. Paul told Timothy, “Don’t have anything to do with stupid and foolish arguments,” (2 Timothy 2:23). People who are content to bump along in life can afford to be indifferent, but people who want to be a part of life’s greatest victories will work hard to live in agreement with others.
Here are a couple more examples from God’s word:
“I appeal to you… that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you…” – I Corinthians 1:10“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together inunity.” – Psalm 133:1
It’s all over the Bible actually, there is a theme of living in agreement:
- Get along with others.
- Have a spirit of cooperation.
- Participate with other people in the pursuit of a goal.
- Don’t be a person who causes strife.
- Don’t hang around with divisive people.
- Avoid arguments and quarrels.
Seek agreement, pursue agreement, and live in agreement, because in the place of agreement strength is multiplied. When two separate agencies come together, synergy is created.
For example, if one 2x4 of wood can support one hundred pounds of weight before breaking, two of them should support two hundred pounds (mathematically), but actually, as you put more 2x4’s together their strength is not just doubled but exponentially multiplied.
In the same way, when two or more are in agreement their strength is not just doubled, instead, synergy is created which multiplies strength!
We see this at work in idea sessions with groups. Individuals, without coming together, all have creative potential. But, in a think tank environment, individual minds synergize to tap into creative power at new levels because they come together. Our individual strength, no matter how great it is, cannot equal the strength created when we join forces as a team in agreement.
Questions to consider:
- What areas of your organization are isolated right now?
- Who on your team is working as an island?
- What areas of your organization are collaborating well right now?
- Who on your team is working hard to build teamwork and collaboration between departments?
Actions to take:
- Celebrate the wins! Compliment the team members and departments who are doing well in collaboration.
- Confront what isn’t working: Care enough to confront people and departments who aren’t collaborating well. Make them aware and encourage them with steps toward better collaboration.