Don’t Let Disagreements become Divisions

By Pastor Mark Jordan

“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” (1 Corinthians 1:10, NIV)

Today’s Bible verse contextually comes in a section where the Apostle Paul was urging a church divided over leadership in order to work together for the common good. Of course this is great advice! Jesus said that a house divided against itself cannot stand, and nowhere is this more relevant than in the church. The idea behind Paul’s teaching is if you struggle with a particular leader, trust in the Lord who placed him or her there; for God is always working things together for good for those who love Him.

If you are struggling with something, trust God and seek ways to get along those who might not agree with you. Chances are, you might be able to change someone else’s mind, or have your’s changed. If, on the other hand, you are not in conversation, but combat, those divisions will only deepen. So trust God and seek common ground. The world needs believers in agreement and united around our singular purpose: to love all people to the heart of God.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for loving me, even when I tend to fall out of step. Forgive me for the times I allow my disagreements to become divisions, and help me in all ways and all things to seek common ground and unity. And in those times when I can’t agree with my brother or sister in the church, help me to trust you more, knowing that you are always working to make us more like Jesus. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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