greg_gordon — 2017-09-13T09:01:56-04:00 — #1
If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. - Galatians 5:15
It is unbelievable at times to see how even believers can disagree. One side sticks their feet in and the other side does also. No one is budging or willing to say they are wrong, both are right! Or so they think. Disagreements also happen in marriages, Churches and ministries.
The world is helplessly divided as people have strong opinions on so many different topics and choices in life. These strong beliefs people have even come to the place where hurtful actions are taken against each other because of our desires to be right and have our own way (James 4:1).
Many people are divided and hurt over differences in the body of Christ also as the Apostle James wrote to believers who were "warring" against each other. All these differences result in hurt lives, divided believers and the world looking on in shock and amazement at this scene. When we can claim to believe in the greatest news in the world that men can be freed from their sins and point to this life-giving Saviour but in the same breath speak evil of our other brethren that have been redeemed we bring a reproach to the world.
The beautiful opposite of disagreements is agreement and unity. Our Lord says: That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (John 17:21). St. Clement of Rome in AD 90 said, "“Love admits no schisms: love gives rise to no seditions: love does all things in harmony.”
Christ is not divided neither is his body should be divided. When we humble ourselves and pick up our crosses we choose the low way below disagreements. It takes 2 brothers to argue and debate, but a humble brother will not answer back. Choose today to be an agent of peace and humility, this is pleasing to the Lord and allows His body to be beautiful to Him and the on looking world.
dave_l — 2017-09-13T09:08:47-04:00 — #2
We seek unity in the faith but never at the expense of truth. As long as those calling themselves Christian find love as their motive, no evil can come of disagreeing with others. But to turn a blind eye to the errors in the Church is to deny Christ.
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2 Timothy 4:2–4)
gao_lu — 2017-09-13T19:02:52-04:00 — #3
Carlos was a biker with The Ravens, a wild crazy group based in Oakland California. He was a semi-professional photographer and, to my parents' dismay, he took me under his wing as a protégé to learn that art of using a camera. I had not surrendered my life to Christ, but staunchly defended Christianity against his “Brotherhood of Bikers” as he called it and he staunchly defended back.
I remember one day he told me, “You gotta stand for what you believe in. You gotta be willing to die for it. Just like you would die for one of your Brothers, I would die for one of my Brothers.”
Carlos eventually went to jail and may be there yet. You gotta stand for what you believe in, but you better make sure it's truth before you stand so firmly you are willing to die or go to jail for it.
There is something manly about a good argument. Like a boxing round, we like to get in the ring and slug it out. Oddly we come away from the ring good friends, bruises, blood and all. I am sure any man here would die for any other man here. That’s just how men are. Yet, we need to stand for what is actually true; we need to be willing to die for the right cause. I wonder if there might be a better way than the boxing ring.
Php 4:8 Think on these things...
True - Do I know, really know what I am saying is true?
Honest – Am I honest/honorable about what is opinion, or preference and what I know is truth?
Just - Am I being fair and seeking what is right for the poor and needy, even the feelings of others engaged in discourse?
Pure – Is my presentation without guile or politics? Is it building and not demeaning? Is it coercive or encouraging?
Lovely – Am I presenting this as lovely apples on a pretty silver tray? Am I self-righteously lobbing gold apples at an opponent, or am I offering a bite of something tasty in a way palatable to him or her?
Good Report - What do others say about how I come across?
Virtue – What is the virtue in what I say? Is God glorified? Am I building the Kingdom of God? Am I encouraging a Brother’s heart? Am I offering hope and insight?
Praise – Is God pleased with what I say? Do others tend to receive what I say—in other words, is what I say being evidently effective?
Let me end with this--and please read it as I found it helpful.
tyrone_howard — 2017-09-14T06:27:19-04:00 — #4
I am guilty of this. Lord forgive me.
gao_lu — 2017-09-14T18:16:43-04:00 — #5
Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,
and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;
when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent. (Prov 17:27–28)
From the excellent Logos blog post here.