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By   •   February 5, 2013   •   Topics: ,

Q:

Why can't Christians get along with each other? Our church is going through some conflict right now over what is really a minor issue, but no one wants to give in or admit they might be wrong. Are all churches like this?


A:

No, all churches aren’t like this — not at all. God’s will is for His people to live in peace, with each other and with the world around them. And when church members understand this and understand too God’s command to love each other, conflicts will be rare. Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35).

However, Christians admittedly don’t always live up to this standard, and I’ve often asked myself why. One reason is because we’re still human, and although God has come to live within us by His Holy Spirit and has given us a new spiritual nature, our old sinful nature still lives within us also. Even the Apostle Paul admitted that his old sinful nature sometimes overwhelmed his new nature. He declared, “The evil I do not want to do — this I keep on doing” (Romans 7:19).

But there is another reason for this: Satan loves to see Christians squabbling among themselves, and he’ll do everything he can to make it happen. He knows it brings dishonor to the name of Christ and hurts their witness to unbelievers. The Bible reminds us that “God is not a God of disorder but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33).

Pray for your church and its members, and especially your pastor. Ask God also to make you an instrument of His peace and love. Above all, don’t be distracted but keep your eyes on Christ and His will for your life and your church.

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3 Comments

  1. Delora says:

    Our level of love towards one another is a reflection of our love towards God. Let each of us be honest and examine our ability to love our neighbor as ourselves and increase in this expression by growing in our understanding of God who is love.

  2. didi says:

    Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God. we as children of God should be able to come together on the main issues that we do agree on and stop focusing on the differences. Rom 14

  3. Pierre says:

    Matt. 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.