I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. – (1 Corinthians 1:10, NIV)
Brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, I beg all of you to agree with each other. You should not be divided into different groups. Be completely joined together again with the same kind of thinking and the same purpose. – (1 Corinthians 1:10, ERV)
I have a serious concern to bring up with you, my friends, using the authority of Jesus, our Master. I’ll put it as urgently as I can: You must get along with each other. You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life in common. – (1 Corinthians 1:10, MSG)
Paul’s appeal to the church of Corinth was for the followers of Christ to be united in what they said. There was division among them over things that did not impact the integrity of who Jesus was and how He loved. It is no different for us. We must make the main things the main things and be united in purpose. For Jesus commanded us to love God and love people. If we all made that the true focus, we would be united, not divided. When our focus is to love one another well as we follow and love God, we get along and accomplish far more than we would on our own. May we ever seek the Lord to lead us in His love so that we will love one another as He loves and be united in purpose for God’s glory.
Lord, help us to keep,
Our eyes upon You;
Lead us in Your love,
So we might live true.
True to the purpose,
For which we are called;
Light in the darkness,
That tears down the walls.
Walls in between us,
For trivial things;
Your love overcomes,
As goodness it brings.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for calling us to be united in purpose, as Your ultimate purpose for us all is to love like You. Forgive us for our every word, thought and deed that was not directed by Your love. Teach us to lean into You so that we love as You do. Show us how to love those around us in a way that promotes unity, not division. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we see You to lead us in loving You and loving those around us in unity and in truth. Amen.
@revelationsinwriting Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. – Colossians 3:14