Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. (1 Corinthians 1:10 NAS)
We have heard the term ‘agree to disagree.’ In a sense it is about keeping our cool despite differing in opinions. Reference.com defines it as “the resolution of a conflict … whereby all parties tolerate but do not accept the opposing position.” An example of such a conflict resolution is found in the Bible relating to the incident between Paul and Barnabas. Paul and Barnabas had a disagreement on who to bring along for the second missionary journey. As a result, they parted company and continued in the ministry of the Lord separately (Acts 15:36-40).
Many churches today are still in disagreement over various issues. Some differ in opinions pertaining to theology or doctrinal interpretations, while others disagree with certain teachings or practices. Nevertheless, if the fundamental truths are agreed upon that Christ died and resurrected to save us all, and to whoever believes in Him is granted eternal life, then as one body of Christ we should not be divided. We ought instead to agree to disagree on differing opinions and put aside our differences to work together to achieve the common goal Christ had laid down for us (1 Corinthians 1:10). We may not agree on everything, but we can with one mind conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ to stand firm in one spirit to strive together for the faith (Philippians 1:27).
Are we frequently in conflict with others over some opinions? If we are, let us learn to resolve our conflicts and tolerate one another. If the conflicts cannot be resolved without separation, then let us agree to part peacefully without hindering the life of the other. Let us then move on courageously and continue to do what the Lord has planned for us without bitterness or displeasure.
When among believers, therefore, let us all by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ agree not to have divisions, but let us be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment (1 Corinthians 1:10). For where two or three have gathered together in the Lord’s name, He is there in our midst (Matthew 18:20). As one body in Christ, let us stick together that there may be no division among us, but as members we may have the same care for one another (1 Corinthians 12:25).
Thank You dear Lord for granting us the wisdom to understand the fundamentals of Your word. We know Lord we can never fully comprehend all the mysteries written in Your word until the day we see You face to face. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are Your ways higher than our ways, and Your thoughts than our thoughts. Help us therefore Lord to learn to agree to disagree when it comes to conflict resolution, that we may not split hairs over differences in interpretation, teaching, understanding or the likes. Comfort us and heal our hearts O Lord should separation be inevitable, that we may continue to stand firm and courageously move forward to do Your will. PLEASE ENCOURAGE AUTHOR,
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