Division. This is a dreadful word among Christians. It’s decried, condemned and yet it’s what Christians are good at doing. Division occurs over understanding doctrine, ego trips and power trips. I have seen it happen multiple times.
Often the protagonists in a dispute care or aware very little at that moment what the outcome of their actions will be. Just like war. The issues are “just.” However, once the war proceeds, death and destruction ensue – far more than imagined.
Yes, people do not consider what divisive actions do to friendship, brotherhoods; families….all kinds of bonds are broken usually never to be totally reconciled. It’s impossible to put Humpty Dumpty together again after he’s broken.
Through church divisions in the past 25 years, I have lost dear relationships in family, close friends, fellow workers and more. It is all part of the nature of a split.
It takes effort and sacrifice to be a peacemaker. Give in, yield, when you can.
“As for brotherly love, be affectionate to one another; in matters of worldly honour, yield to one another.” (Romans 12:10 Weymouth Translation)
Pride brings on contention and ultimately division and separation. The big egos duke it out.
“By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom.”(Proverbs 13:10 NKJV)
God loves UNITY.
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1 NKJV)
The thoughts of Christ on the last full day of His life were about the unity of His future believers.
Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. (John 17:11 NKJV) He prayed this more than once.
I grieve over my losses and miss the people that I was once so close to. I will make every effort the people I’m with united.