Stop being divisive

Stop being divisive

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 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 cannot be sure exactly what were the things causing arguments and divisions which Paul was writing about. One thing we do know, this kind of behavior is most often caused by pride. We all want to be right. And when we are right, we want everyone to know it. On the other hand, humility never produces arguments.

Some might take issue, and say that we need to stand up for correct doctrine or theology even if that leads to disagreements. You may do this, as soon as you can stand in front of the Lord and honestly say you are doing it out of love, and your spirit is filled with sincere compassion and kindness. If you get angry, leave behind meekness, think poorly of another, or lose humility — you have stopped holding up truth and are instead simply being divisive.

Jesus told us we will be known to be one of His followers by loving one another. We have all been forgiven through God’s grace, not our own good deeds. Or our own “correct doctrine.” Stop being divisive.

What are your thoughts?