“And the message of God kept on spreading, and the number of disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem; and besides a large number of the priests were obedient to the faith in Jesus as the Messiah, through Whom is obtained eternal salvation in the kingdom of God.” Acts 6:7 Amplified
We last looked, in the beginning of the sixth chapter of Acts, at a conflict that had come up between two groups of believers. The apostles acted to resolve those issues by delegating to the believers to appoint men to handle such disputes. Led by the Holy Spirit the issues were resolved and in our verse today it says the young church grew, even to the point of some of the Jewish priests being converted.
The two keys I see here to successful resolution of a problem is, submission to the Lord and a short memory. First, we must always take any issues we have with another believer to God first and ask for His guidance on how to proceed. It may be that the issue is minor, can be overlooked, and will never happen again. It may be that this is an ongoing problem that needs to be brought up before the church so that it can be resolved. Second, we must have a short memory, the Lord would never want us to hold on to bad feelings about anything, if we turn it over to Him He will heal all those involved.
I believe unresolved issues and hurt feelings are the primary things keeping people from coming to the Lord and keeping churches from growing. Our verse today attests to that. People will have different opinions about things, but we must always try to focus on what we have in common, the love of Jesus. When we do that others will see that love and God’s Kingdom will grow.