In every church, denomination and fellowship that I have ever known of, there
have been disagreements. Sometimes they are dealt with gently, in a Christlike
manner. Too often they lead to hardening of hearts and splits in the groups.
Today we will see some of what the Bible has to say about disagreements.
Romans 14:3-6 (NASB) The one who eats is not to regard
with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not
to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him. Who are you to judge
the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will
stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person regards one day
above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully
convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord,
and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he
who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.
2 Timothy 3:23-24 (NASB) But refuse foolish and ignorant
speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels. The Lord's bond-servant
must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when
Matthew 5:23-24 (NASB) Therefore if you are presenting
your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something
against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go. First be
reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.
1 Corinthians 12:24b-25 (NASB) But God has so composed
the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, so that
there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same
care for one another.
1 Corinthians 1:11-13 (NASB) For I have been informed
concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe's people, that there are quarrels among
you. Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, "I am of Paul,'' and
"I of Apollos,'' and "I of Cephas,'' and "I of Christ.'' Has Christ been
divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in
the name of Paul?
Romans 12:18 (NASB) If possible, so far as it depends
on you, be at peace with all men.