“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” 1 Corinthians 1.10
The letter of 1 Corinthians is written by the Apostle Paul to address some questions the Corinthians had about certain aspects of the doctrine that he had taught them. I find it interesting that in v. 7 that “ … ye come behind in no gift;” meaning that all the spiritual gifts were present in the church.
He starts out with a plea from his heart to this hurting church. This word “beseech” literally means to beg. He says, “I beg you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing.” That is a very powerful plea. But he continues: “ … that all of you agree …” This is a 1st century church, not that far removed from the actual cross experience, but they must be reminded how important it is for the members of our churches to agree in order that the church can move ahead.
He presses his point: “ … that there be no divisions among you … ” When a church is divided over any issue that prevents the church from being salt and light in a sin sick world, we have become useless to the kingdom and may even be a stumbling block to those who are watching.
Here is his last plea in this verse: “but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” You might be thinking, “That is totally impossible for the church that I attend. We can’t agree on anything.” For someone to be disagreeable just because they want to be disagreeable indicates that they are more concerned about how THEY feel about things than about what GOD has said about things.
Let’s be a committee of one to take our congregations to God in prayer so that we can and will be salt and light to this lost world. Just my thoughts …