“I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.” Romans 16:17
It is good and expected that Christians fully understand what is right and wrong in society and the church. It is excruciating for believers to condole strive and disorder among brethren. When arguments or misunderstanding leads to crisis and separation in the church, this could imply that the leaders are incompetent or are not directing in the right way.
It is disheartening that there are people in the church today who find pleasure in strive and separation in the church (For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Roman 16:18). It is also disheartening that some called believers do not know how to quench the fire of strive or division in the church; instead, they add more fuel to the fire of confusion and separation.
Proverbs 26:20 says, “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and without talebearer (gossiper), strife ceases.”
Paul speaks about the separation to Rome’s people, and our duty as believers who understand this is to pray and teach the consequences of this to the church extensively. We need to teach and bring God’s true wisdom to people so that men and women can be flooded with light and leave the hidden place of strive. We must not let the world’s darkness take over us.
Do you observe such kind of people who like to create separation in your church? Or have you ever been an agent of such separation? You must take critical cognizance of every church’s operation and ensure that you make peace with everyone. God is earnestly interested in believers who bring continuity and love to the church, not strive and disorder. Be a good sheep. Proverbs 16:28 says, “A troublemaker spreads dissension, and a gossip divides close friends.”
1. Lord, purify the church. Raise men and women who will lead with wisdom and honesty.
2. Oh Lord, make me be a good steward of the church’s resources in Jesus’ name.