Abraham chose unity over wealth (Genesis 13:5-9). As the eldest of the family, he held the right to choose the best land for himself. But instead, he gave his nephew, Lot, first choice of the land – most likely to avoid a potential conflict. Abraham risked being taken advantage of and even cheated by allowing Lot first choice, but he chose unity over conflict.
Brothers and sisters, I encourage all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to agree with each other and not to split into opposing groups. I want you to be united in your understanding and opinions.
─ 1 Corinthians 1:10 GW
The Apostle Paul often addressed those in the church as brothers and sisters, emphasizing a unity that runs deeper than blood relationships. Believers are united as a part of God’s immediate family.
Believers should agree with each other and stand united in their beliefs and opinions.
In the verse today, Paul wrote this letter about a year and a half after he started the Corinthian church. In his absence, some members began to bicker among themselves concerning what was right and wrong. It created division among the family of believers. But Paul wrote to encourage them to agree with each other and stand united in their beliefs and opinions.
Looking back to Abraham’s story, it serves as a great example to us in responding to difficult situations:
- Take the initiative to resolve conflicts.
- Give others first choice, even if it means you may not get what you really want (and trust God to make up the difference).
- Put peace above your personal desires.
Today’s One Thing
Do you find yourself on the precipice of division, disagreement and strife? Consider Paul’s encouraging words and Abraham’s example. How can you bring unity to a relationship by putting peace above your personal desires?