Wednesday, April 26, 2023

1 Corinthians 1:10

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.

Scripture Insights

Is there anything more damaging to the cause of Christ than division?
The word “appeal” that Paul uses in today’s scripture is important. It is as if Paul is begging the church to be unified, knowing how harmful it is for divi- sions to set in. It would be the same as a parent seeing the eventual downfall of a rebellious child and pleading with them to listen to their advice. That is the intensity that Paul brings to this call for unity.

The church is filled with people, and people like to have their own opin- ions. The enemy likes to keep us debating opinions instead of relying on the Truth. This appeal from Paul calls us to be perfectly united in mind and thought—a task that is only possible through truth.

It would be interesting to consider the amount of time we share opinions and the amount of time we share truth. Every time we are tempted to share our opinion, instead let us proclaim the truth we know in love, and unity will result.
The interesting thing is, when we rely on truth, our opinions don’t seem to matter as much anyway.

Today’s Prayer

Father, help us know truth and proclaim truth in our thoughts, words, and actions. May you enable us to live lives that lead to unity throughout the church and ensure that we love and value others the way you do. May every person we encounter today be drawn to your truth.

Prayer Journal Reflections

Reflect on the unity of the church in Canada and the United States.

—Wendell Brown
District Superintendent, North Central Ohio

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