In the church of Corinth in the New Testament, the members couldn’t agree on much. They loved division. These Corinthians were in love with their own opinions. Instead of serving each other, they looked for opportunities to stir up dissension. Instead of loving one another, each was looking out for their own interests.
The Corinthian church was missing the blessing of God. They were not using their opportunities to practice the love of Christ; they were not humbling themselves so that they might grow in godliness through the Holy Spirit. Let’s learn from their mistake and recognize that God has given us a community of believers with innumerable personalities and ideas for our spiritual growth.
Today, some people may get under our skin – just as we may get on their nerves. God uses our experiences together as fallen sinners saved by grace to sanctify us. Our interactions and disagreements can become a refining fire in our lives if we together seek God’s will and love one another deeply even when we don’t want to. Remember: To be purified, gold must pass through the fire. Let’s give thanks for the body of believers, especially those with whom we struggle to get along with. God uses our Christian brothers and sisters to refine us into His likeness. Let’s continue to love despite our differences and uplift each other in prayer.
“In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it” (1 Corinthians 11:18).
Yahweh, please help me to remember that the body of believers is a source of sanctification despite our disagreements. Father, I look to Your Word to guide my relationships in all areas of my life. God, give me a deep love for my fellow believers even when we have differences. Lord teach me to extend grace, remembering the grace I daily receive from Your hands. I pray this in Jesus’s name. Amen.
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