Unity in Diversity
Read 2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
How would it impact your church or community if everyone embraced these principles?
The Apostle Paul penned these words to the Corinthian church after the church had gone through serious problems with false teaching and division. The church needed to come together and unite under the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In order for that to happen, Paul gave them the following principles.
First, rejoice! Rejoice in the salvation they shared. Rejoice in what Jesus has done! Praise Him and spend time giving thanks. Gratitude and praise has a way of bringing people together.
Next, aim for restoration. Don’t part ways over disagreements. But whenever possible, seek to restore relationships with the people you are at odds with. He also said to “comfort one another”. Some versions say to “encourage one another.” Have a genuine concern for your brothers and sisters in Christ. Show them compassion and give them encouragement.
Finally, agree with each other and live in peace. This doesn’t mean that we will always agree with other believers on every issue. But it does mean that we will seek to be of one mind when it comes to our purpose and essential issues of doctrine. It means that we won’t quarrel and divide over nonessential issues.
Paul had previously admonished the church with this in 1 Corinthians 1:10: “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgement.” Some people just like to argue and fight. Paul commanded the church to not be contentious but to live in harmony with each other.
The church today is facing many of the same concerns. It’s easy to let politics, drama, and bickering destroy church families. But friends, this should not be. Let’s be peacemakers today.
Lord, I want to be a Christian that walks in Your love and peace. Help me to live at peace and work in harmony with my church family. Amen.