The power of Christ in relationships

Seeking out the Christliness in each other heals the worst communication gaps.

His first question was, "Where did Ernest Hemingway get the title for his novel For Whom the Bell Tolls?" I was silently surprised, even put off. This was a job interview for a business position. It was not an academic job. Employees balanced accounts, sold products, collected bills. What did Ernest Hemingway have to do with business? Who did this guy think he was, asking me such an irrelevant question?

Christ Jesus showed us how to handle an unfair question or action. We need to pray. In addition, Jesus instructed us to "judge not" (Matt. 7:1).

A testimony I had heard recently in a Christian Science church came to mind. The testifier had been able to heal a communication gap that was wide and deep by better understanding the healing, unifying influence of the Christ. Mrs. Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, defines Christ in Science and Health as "the divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error" (p. 583). The church member realized that he needed to express the nature of Christ by acknowledging the other individual's actual, Christly individuality. There could be no communication gap between two expressions of the divine nature. This acknowledgment of the unifying power of Christ healed the disharmony. The thought came to me that this same truth could help me in this interview.

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August 9, 1993

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