God’s priority has always been, to have His covenant children work together, to act and to be as one…
Anytime you have people involved, who are working together with any kind of organization or group effort, even in ministry, arguments, disagreements and conflicts of personality will invariably happen; but as Christians, as children of our Father in heaven, we marched to a different drumbeat!
When God’s children quarrel with each other, and one is accused of having wronged another, whether it’s real or perceived, the Bible instructs us to follow certain protocols, so that both sides of the issue may be aired and examined, in order to determine FIRST whether there was an actual offense, and then SECONDLY, what if any action should be taken:
15-17 “If a fellow believer hurts you, go and tell him—work it out between the two of you.
If he listens, you’ve made a friend. If he won’t listen, take one or two others along so that the presence of witnesses will keep things honest, and try again.
If he still won’t listen, tell the church. If he won’t listen to the church, you’ll have to start over from scratch, confront him with the need for repentance, and offer again God’s forgiving love.”
If the one-on-one method doesn’t work out, then you take one or two others; and if that doesn’t work out, you take it to the church.
In today’s vernacular we would call it “binding arbitration,” were both sides of the argument are examined for their validity, where God’s Word and God’s Wisdom will determine what if any course of action should be taken.
God forbid that we should get into our flesh and go badmouth our brother or sister to others, gossiping about them behind their back, causing further division.
This happens to be two of the seven things that the Bible says that God hates, “A false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brethren” (Prov 6:19).
This is serious folks and you never want to go there, as God will most certainly have to deal with you and chasen you in a very uncomfortable way.
Anyone out there who has brothers and sisters will tell you that some of your worst arguments will most often happen among your siblings, within your own family.
This is unavoidable; but for two Christians to break fellowship over an argument or disagreement, especially when based upon a misunderstanding, it really breaks God’s heart!
This is a prayer that Jesus prayed to the Father that only we can answer:
Living Bible (TLB)
20 Jesus speaking: “I am not praying for these alone but also for the future believers who will come to me because of the testimony of these.
21 My prayer for all of them is that they will be of one heart and mind, just as you and I are, Father—that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me.
22 “I have given them the glory you gave me—the glorious unity of being one, as we are— 23 I in them and you in me, all being perfected into one—so that the world will know you sent me and will understand that you love them as much as you love me.
24 Father, I want them with me—these you’ve given me—so that they can see my glory. You gave me the glory because you loved me before the world began!
25 “O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me.
26 And I have revealed you to them and will keep on revealing you so that the mighty love you have for me may be in them, and I in them.”
Why persist in going against the grain of God’s will, because in the end you will be the ONLY one hurt by such action.
So if you find yourself in a situation where a relationship has been fractured and broken, with another brother or sister, for whatever reason, why not swallow your pride and go back and try to restore and remedy that broken relationship God’s way, the way He has instructed us to do so?
Rest assured, only the mature Christian will be the one to take that first step!
Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!
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