Agree with one another in what you say… and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united. (1 Cor. 1:10)
I know a brother and sister who disagree on many different things. They are known to have arguments from time to time. There have even been periods when they were not speaking to each other.
Then their father entered an unexpected time of difficulty. Out of the blue, he was pushed out of his house in a situation that seemed very unfair to a man of noble character. Suddenly, the brother and sister were united in mind. The period of silence ended, and a common battle was waged. Solutions were found in unity of thought.
A quick read through 1 Corinthians reveals that this congregation was full of disunity. Disunity was their presenting problem, manifesting itself in all sorts of ways. First Corinthians 1:10 is the key verse of the whole letter, urging them to be united in their attitude toward one another and in their common purpose in Christ.
The ultimate solution to their situation is found in 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter. Being united in mind and thought is not about agreeing on every specific detail. It is about a common purpose and loyalty to Christ. It is about realizing that we can love one another despite our differences because we are focused on doing everything to the glory of God, not ourselves (1 Cor. 10:31).
Put away petty squabbles with other Christians, and agree on Christ!
Ken Schenck is vice president for university partnerships with Campus EUD. He previously served as vice president for Houghton College (NY) and dean of Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University.
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