Will disunity weaken the church?

Bible Answers

Matthew 12:25 (NKJV) "But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand."

1 Corinthians 1:10 (NKJV) "Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment."

Philippians 2:2 (NKJV) "Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind."

Inspired Answer

"There is nothing which will weaken the strength of a church like pride and passion. If one engaged in the work of God does things in contradiction to another engaged in the same work, that is strife and variance. If we do this to be esteemed or to exalt self, it is vainglory and death to spirituality and to Christian love and unity of action. Let there be no spirit of opposition among Christians. Christ has given us an example of love and humility and has enjoined upon His followers to love one another as He has love us. We must in lowliness of mind esteem others better than ourselves. Be severe upon our own defects of character; be quick to discern our own errors and mistakes; and make less of the faults of others than of our own. We must feel a special interest in looking upon the things of others, not coveting them, not to find fault with them, not to remark upon them and present them in a false light; but to do strict justice in all things to our brethren and all with whom we have any dealings. A selfish spirit, laying out plans for our own selfish interest, grasping a little gain, or to labor to show a superiority or rivalry, is an offense to God. The Spirit of Christ will lead His followers to be concerned not only for their own success and advantage, but equally interested for the success and advantage of their brethren. This will be loving our neighbor as ourselves. And an opposite spirit from this creates differences and alienations and want of love and harmony." {Lt11-1887.13}