1 Corinthians 1:10–17 (Listen)
10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12 What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
Something that seems to have lost some traction in our world today is unity. God never intended or designed us to be divided, but sin entered the world and fractured us into a million pieces. But God sent His only Son to come and unify His people to Him and repair our relationship destroyed by sin. We live in a world where sin is present every day, but that shouldn’t discourage us from living in unity as a Church. The Church is a representation of God’s body, mind and soul. It is our responsibility to look past the faults of those who come into our doors and make them feel the love of Christ. As the Church, let’s choose to put on God’s perspective and be loving and unifying rather than turn our backs because it doesn’t fit our agenda.