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
Who is it that has forgiven and saved us?
Who is it that we serve? Who is it that gives meaning, purpose and love to our lives? The Lord Jesus Christ.
We can’t be sure what the people in the church at Corinth were fighting about. But one thing we do know, this kind of divisive behavior is caused by vanity and pride. We all want to be right. And when we are right, we want everyone to know it. But we need to constantly remind ourselves that all of us stood equally apart from God. And now, having been forgiven, we stand equally in His family. We are equal in our need, equal in our sinfulness, and equal in our need for humility.
Some might take issue, and say we have to stand up for correct doctrine or theology even if it leads to disagreements. Feel free to do this, as soon as you can kneel in front of the Lord and honestly say you are doing it out of love, and your spirit is filled with sincere concern, compassion and kindness. If you get angry, think poorly of another, or let self-righteousness arise — you are simply being divisive. You are using “standing up for the truth” as an excuse to behave with arrogance and pride.
Jesus told us we will be known as one of His followers by our love. All of our doctrine and ritual and liturgy and theology and interpretations might be perfectly correct. But without love, we are nothing. Stop being divisive.