Disagreement

“When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, …” – 1 Corinthians 6:1-8

God created humans to be in His image, but unique in skills, thought patterns, and emotional makeup. We are going to disagree at times simply because we are unique.

Is an arm like a leg? Is a head like the chest? Does the spine serve the same function a finger does?

We are parts of a whole. Each of us was created for a purpose. When we work together, the body of Christ moves beautifully. When it doesn’t, we trip and fall. We stumble and get hurt. We look like an episode of America’s Funniest Home Videos to the lost and they laugh, and we get embarrassed…

We should set aside any disagreements and if we cannot, we should ask our brothers and sisters in Christ for help resolving the issue. 1 Corinthians 6 calls us to judge ourselves as we will one day judge angels. We are called to judge each other in love to keep the peace.

Let’s put aside differences and work toward God’s goal of sharing His love.

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” – Ephesians 4:31-5:2

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