[PC-USA] 2002-01-27 - Passages about Disagreements among Christians

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 wronged.

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.


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