“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” [Psalm 133:1].
The unity of the saints is a precious gift. This oneness is spoken of as “the unity of the Spirit” [Ephesians 4:3], and therefore it is the work of the Holy Spirit to bind in Christ, the members of His blood-washed church.
There is another force abroad, a demonic spirit that tries to destroy the essential unity of believers. That alien power was at work in the Corinthian church when Paul said, “Let there be no divisions among you” [1 Corinthians. 1:10].
In local churches, like Corinth, there is the danger that Christians will divide over personalities, not understanding that God can call a James and John, sons of thunder and also can call a Barnabas, a son of consolation. They split over prominence given to one and not another, not realizing that God gives different gifts to each child.
Others divide over performance and grumble because someone else seems to be doing better than they are. They forget God’s word to Cain: “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted?”
Prophetical interpretation can divide. The study of eschatology is difficult, and many an interpretation is speculative. It seems unwise to divide because someone else’s speculation does not match yours. Still, others squabble over political issues. But human policies are fallible. It is the Scripture that is infallible.
Paul exhorted the Corinthians to “speak the same thing” to have “the same mind” and pursue a united witness for Christ.
The word united becomes untied when the personal pronoun “I” is displaced. Let us think less of the “I” today and more of Him.