Practical Points Regarding Disagreements
Disagreements happen on a daily basis. You might have a desire to do one thing, whereas, I have a desire to do a different thing and thus we disagree. One of the difficult things about disagreements is how far they can take us. Some people allow for disagreements to be the be- all and end-all to fellowship. Think for instance of Jeroboam and Rehoboam. In 1st Kings 12 they have a disagreement regarding the direction and leadership of the nation of Israel. The consequence of this was that the nation split in two, Judah (south) and Israel (North), and this division existed centuries before the unification took place in 586 BC, upon the return from captivity. The fact is that disagreements present a threat as they can be costly and long-lasting. With that said, I want to supply a few points about disagreement for us to consider and hopefully use in our consideration of the topic.
1. Disagreements aren’t always about doctrine. (Acts 15:36-41)
2. Disagreements are sometimes about doctrine. (Galatians 1:6-10)
3. Disagreements can boil down to personality differences. (Philippians 4:2-3)
4. Disagreements need to be handled quickly. (Proverbs 17:14)
5. Disagreements can be calmed with the right words. (Proverbs 15:1)
Some disagreements are necessary (1st Corinthians 11:19) and others are unnecessary (1st Corinthians 1:10), the Word of God defines when and where we should splinter. Opinions should remain respected and doctrine should remain upheld above all things.
I love you all and pray that you keep in step with the spirit.