When praying about today’s topic, God already knew what was on my heart. 1 Corinthians 1:10 is about divisions in the church. It so happened to be today’s Verse of the Day on BibleGateway.com, which is a site I use often for research. God knew. He knows what’s bugging us to our core. I’m so thankful we can take our burdens to Him, aren’t you?
So… divisions in the church. Buckle up! There are gazillions of opinions about any imaginable topic and we, as Christians, also tend to think that what we say/think/feel is correct. I know I have been there.
People can have multiple opinions, but unless they’re rooted in the Word of God and displayed with love, opinions (even within the church) can turn negative and destructive. Hasty, entitled, and hateful words are like a disease to the body of Christ. It affects the church. Be careful what you say, dear sister. Be careful what you say, dear brother. May your words to one another be prayerful, encouraging, full of grace and love, and grounded in the Word of God. As the church, we are to build up one another. Most of Paul’s letters were in regards to churches and their conduct. It’s important for a healthy Body! Take the time today to both check your words at the door and also to forgive someone who spoke hurtful words to you. Sometimes (all the time) it’s unnatural to show grace in ungrateful situations, but we are called as Christ’s ambassadors to display love, forgiveness, and grace…especially to the wonderful family of believers we commune with called The Church. No church is perfect. The only One who was perfect is Jesus Christ. Perfection isn’t what we or the church is after – it’s about love. Take the time to read over today’s Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 1:10. Proverbs 16:24. Proverbs 15:1. James 3. Galatians 6:10.