WHY IMPORTANT: Jesus taught that love would identify his disciples. (Joh 13:34, 35) To display Christlike love, we must look out for the interests of others and avoid becoming provoked.​—1Co 13:5.

HOW TO DO IT:

  • When someone says or does something hurtful, pause and analyze the cause of the problem and the consequences of your intended action.​—Pr 19:11

  • Remember that we are all imperfect, and at times we say or do things that we later regret

  • Resolve differences promptly

WATCH THE VIDEO “HAVE LOVE AMONG YOURSELVES”​—REJECT SELFISHNESS AND PROVOCATION, AND THEN ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:

  • How did Larry overreact to Tom’s suggestion?

  • How did pausing to reflect help Tom to avoid provocation?

  • How did Tom’s mild reply diffuse the tense situation?

How do we benefit the congregation when we remain calm under provocation?