Faith worked out, God's Word

Unity Matters

1 Corinthians 1:10 – I appeal to you brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgement.

Agreement can be a very difficult thing to achieve. When two people cannot agree on wallpaper or paint colour or even something as trivial as what t.v. programme to watch, how do we navigate the complexities of scripture? From the translation of the KJV we have had the Good News Bible, the NIV, RSV, ASV, ESV, Amplified Version and The Message to name but a few. Some are word-for-word, some are thought-for-thought and there are those which are general themes in everyday language. The danger is that the Word of God can become so watered down that it loses the very essence of the truth that God wants us to hear and we end up putting our own spin on it. This is how unity breaks down and division springs up. Then again, five people can read one verse from the same translation and have five different conclusions. It’s all about finding the truth of scripture and standing in that truth together.

A divided church is of no use within a community. As the Lord himself said, “no city or house divided against itself will stand” (Matt12:25). Sound teaching is so important within the Church and when we take the message of salvation beyond our doors we need to be united in the same mind, speaking with one clear voice. This is also vital when we use our voice to stand up for God’s laws against government. Division of mind makes the Church look weak.

God did not create laws to make people happy but to guide us into righteousness and to keep us true to his calling. Unity of faith is a powerful weapon and is one that we should endeavour to have.

When you read God’s word ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into its truth so that we can stand strong and firm together in the ways of the Lord.

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