Dealing with Disunity
“. . . a complaint arose . . .” Acts 6:1
You are unique. It’s our personality that makes us distinct from everyone else. At the moment of salvation, we don’t lose our personality. We discover, because of Christ, we are more than we ever thought or imagined. We also discover that, though knowing Jesus is an individual experience, it’s not an isolated experience. We soon find out we are connected to other believers, that we and other believers are the body of Christ.
Because our faith doesn’t exist in a vacuum, no matter how hard we try, we cannot avoid other believers. There will be conflict. There will be disunity, and disunity issues need to be solved.
Settling unity issues is not always healthy. Some deny it because they don’t want the problems that come from surfacing conflict. Others attempt to force people to get along through affirming hugs and corporate worship events. Others are sidelined by hurt and the accusations of others. Still others feel offended by the negative attitudes and constant grumbling. They focus on the personal hurt instead of dealing with the root cause. Delaying dealing with disunity causes distance. It only aggravates the problem and opens the door for drama, exploitations and splits in the fellowship.
Unity is a process which must be vigilantly maintained. We must avoid letting relationships lapse into unfinished business. Remember Christ’s words on cultivating unity, “Therefore, if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.” (Matthew 5:23-24) Let’s not forget, these are Jesus’ words.
Regardless of whose fault we think it is, whether or not they are justified in their anger at us, we must go to them immediately. So urgent is the issue of unity that we should pause our worship and go and make things right with the other person.
Do you have anything against anyone? Are you harboring a grudge against another? Confess it, deal with it. It’s for your good, and for the good of the church.