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Ten that divide us

 

SPRINGFIELD, MO. — Satan is the author of diversion and disunity. He specializes in creating opportunities for believers to disagree. He revels when we allow minor differences to divide us and distract us from our mission. Here are 10 issues that lead to division within the body of Christ:

1. Praise — When we expect accolades but don’t receive all the credit we feel we deserve.

2. Position — When we place a higher value on having lofty job titles and power than we do on helping people.

3. Purity — When sin leads to correction, conflict or compromise.

4. Pride — When we become self-reliant and demand our way.

5. Preoccupation — When we focus on things that aren’t important to God.

6. Passivity — When we don’t pull our weight, which results in a heavier workload for someone else.

7. Prejudice — When we turn our noses up at those who aren’t like us.

8. Pleasure — When personal comfort becomes our mission in life.

9. Prayerlessness — When we stop talking to God and instead listen to the voices of the wrong people.

10. Priorities — When the Great Commission is demoted to an afterthought.

Much of the division that occurs among believers is avoidable. God wants us to seek His wisdom and share our perspectives in a spirit of love. But, on occasion, believers communicate their opinions with a judgmental spirit, which always breeds disunity. And, perhaps too casually, we proclaim that our ideas are “God’s will.”

First Thessalonians 5:13-15 says, “Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else” (NIV).

The next time you are on the edge of conflict and disunity, ask yourself if the issue at hand is worth what it will cost the body of Christ.

Hal Donaldson

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