As believers, God calls us to love and support one another, even in times of disagreement. However, sometimes, we become contentious and encourage others to take up our cause against other believers. This type of behavior not only goes against specific Biblical teachings but also serves to tear apart the unity of the body of Christ. As a compassionate pastor, it is my responsibility to shed light on the dangers of this divisive behavior and encourage you to follow Biblical principles to preserve unity among believers.
The Apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 16:17-18 to "watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Could you keep away from them? Such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their appetites." Encouraging others to take up our cause against other believers is a prime example of causing divisions within the body of Christ. This behavior not only goes against what Paul teaches but also causes more harm than good. We must understand the dangers of such positions and strive to maintain a sense of unity among our fellow believers.
The book of Ephesians teaches us to "walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Ephesians 4:1-3). This passage illustrates the importance of humility, patience, and love in interpersonal relationships within the church. Encouraging factions and stirring up strife goes against everything Paul teaches in the book of Ephesians, particularly regarding our unity in the Spirit.
Hebrews 12:14 reminds us that "without holiness, no one will see the Lord." In other words, God calls us to live holy lives and to pursue peace with all people. This passage emphasizes the importance of peace within the body of Christ and reminds us that contentious behavior leads to a lack of holiness. As believers, we must strive to grow holiness and support one another.
As believers, we must prioritize the church's unity above our personal opinions and interests. We must always seek to support and encourage one another, even when we disagree. As we strive for unity, we must remember that focusing on what brings us together rather than what tears us apart is essential. By doing so, we can maintain a sense of community, love, and compassion within the body of Christ.
In conclusion, we must know the dangers of contentious behavior as believers. Encouraging others to take sides can not only lead to divisions within the body of Christ but also goes against the very teachings of the Bible. Instead, we must always prioritize unity, peace, and love. Focusing on what brings us together rather than what tears us apart will allow us to strengthen our faith and our sense of community, ultimately leading to a more fulfilling and effective walk with God. Let us strive to live in a manner worthy of our calling and always prioritize love and unity within the body of Christ.