May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.
— Romans 15:5, NLT
Brethren and sisters, we have no time to dwell on little differences. For Christ’s sake, to your knees in prayer!
Go to God, and ask Him to give you a clean heart. Ask Him to help you to stand where He wants you to be. Labor in harmony with one another, even though you are not alike. Do you not know that of the leaves on a tree there are no two exactly alike? From this God would teach us that among His servants there is to be unity in diversity.
Bring all the pleasantness that you can into your lives. Do not make your mind a depository for the enemy’s rubbish. Do not let trifling differences destroy your fellowship with one another.
We are commanded to love one another as Christ has loved us. So great was His love for us that He willingly gave His life for us. And our love for one another is to make us willing to sacrifice our feelings and ideas, if by so doing we can help them.
Will you not ask, as Moses did, for a revelation of God’s character. “Show me Thy glory,” he pleaded. And God granted his request, and made all His goodness pass before him. When you catch a glimpse of the goodness of God, you will have a tongue of wisdom. You will have words to speak in season to those that are weary... God will teach you the language of heaven.
In the church of God there is to be done a work of cementing heart to heart. It is the divisions among us that stand in the way of our advancement... No one is to gather around him a party of men who will think as he thinks, and say, Amen, to everything that he says. God uses different minds. What one mind lacks will be made up by what another mind has.
Humble your hearts before Him, and pray more than you do. Pray for the impartation of the Holy Spirit. When this Spirit fills the heart, the praise of God will be in the congregation, and it will be reflected from your faces. Love for God will be shown by your love for one another, and this will give you power for service.
— The General Conference Bulletin, March 30, 1903
My Father in heaven, give me a clean heart so I may stand where You want me to be. I am will to sacrifice my feelings and ideas so that I may labor in harmony with others. Give me Your love for others. I seek to learn the language of heaven, show me Your glory that I may catch a glimpse of Your goodness. I humbly come before You praying for the impartation of the Holy Spirit to fill my heart with praise and to receive power to serve You.