Divisions Not Allowed In God’s House
“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (Corinthians 1:10)
If there will be unity in a family, church or a group of people, the role of the leader cannot be over emphasized. A leader should be the unifying force over those he or she leads. In this regard, the leader should ensure his subordinates’ opposing or dissenting views are harmonized in a way as to carry all of them along their common objective for being together in the first place. Unfortunately, some leaders deliberately encourage divisions, by sowing seeds of discord and turning one subordinate against the other. They call it divide and rule ‘strategy’. That is satanic! Some leaders encourage or provide the platform for subordinates to create camps. Not Jesus! As long as Jesus was physically present, He was the rallying point of unity for all His disciples. One day, two brother – James and John brought their mother to lobby Jesus, so that they would secure the highest positions in Heaven, right beside the Lord Himself (Matthew 20:20-24). When the other disciples heard of it, they were very angry! That move could have broken the twelve into separate camps. But the Lord handled it with wisdom and they remained united without killing the desire of the Zebedees to attain heavenly greatness.
It is very challenging to unite people with diverse backgrounds, goals, interest and understanding. However, it is very easy to cause division. One hallmark of a true leader is that he or she is not easily carried away by comments or selfish actions of the team he or she is leading, as the group goal is uppermost in his or her heart. Another person who could not stand God’s church being broken into camps was Paul. In His days, converts began to break into at least four different camps right in the church in Corinth but with wisdom, Paul resolved this and unified Christ’s church. Are you instrumental to the division of God’s church? You are calling for God’s judgement. Repent and restitute. Go and meet the people you sowed those seeds of discord into and compel them to reverse their rebellious acts. This will be good evidence of your repentance.
A body that is dismembered cannot operate as whole. A part of the body can never be whole. Division limits us. Strive for peace and unity.
May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!
- Sermon Notes: Luke 9:1-20 – Who Do You Say that I Am? (firstbaptistscottcity.wordpress.com)
- Witnessing for Christ (christiansnotions.wordpress.com)
- Cardinal Newman Prayer for Unity (supertradmum-etheldredasplace.blogspot.com)
- “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many” (worryisuseless.wordpress.com)
- The One!!! (ireport.cnn.com)
- Gentle Answers #3: Unbelieving Prayer? (genref.wordpress.com)
- Prophecy & Utopia – Re: I shall pour out my spirit in the last days (disclose.tv)
- NB: The Anglican Church IS Alive and Well, and We Love Her. (chaplainmediacity.wordpress.com)
- Why Read the Bible? Day 22 of 32 “Explaining the Word” (christlikeministriesnwa.wordpress.com)
- Acts 28:30 – Boldly and Without Hindrance (Part 2) (readingacts.wordpress.com)
- Evensong ~ June 12, 2012 (ronpogue.typepad.com)
- We Are Gifts to One Another! (thexortr.wordpress.com)
- Dancing with the world – Articles (wilmingtonfavs.com)
- Do You Know the Most Dangerous Person in Your Church? (jrmbulakan.com)
- Does Christianity Have a Masculine Feel? (challies.com)
- Push through Discouragement!!! Keep Going!!! (impactingdreams.wordpress.com)