1 Corinthians 1:10 - "Now I beseech 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."
Today one of Satan's most effective tools is getting believers to divide and fight. Often Christians argue over things that are not even important. A sure sign of sin and immaturity is a divisive, contentious spirit. A primary commandment of believers is to "love one another"! According to Scripture, we are to put the desires and needs of others ahead of our own. It is impossible to be Spirit filled and yet have an argumentative, contentious spirit. If believers would simply walk in the principle of love, there might not be church divisions and fighting.
Nothing dishonors Christ or pleases Satan more than bickering among God's people. Tragically, in church fights there are certain individuals who always seem to be at the root of it. Though they are the small minority, these individuals often quench the Holy Spirit for an entire church. They are so quick to see the speck in a brother's eye, but virtually blind to the board in their own (Luke 6:41-42). Unfortunately, they are usually so spiritually blinded and immature, that they convince themselves they are "fighting" for a good cause.
Questions for Reflection: Are you known as a peacemaker who strengthens church unity or, are you often part of some contentious argument? Do you act like a "self appointed" critic and judge to set everyone else straight? Are you quick to talk about the shortcomings of others? Do you increase the faith of your church by a positive attitude or, do you tear it down by focusing on its imperfections? Are you quick to divide up and "take sides"? Do you tend to be a part of church cliques? Are you known as a complainer and one who is easily upset? Have you been critical and condemning of those with different tastes in music and worship style?
Such subtle sins of attitude and speech are often more damaging to a church than obvious outward sins. In truth, a negative church member can often do more damage than an alcoholic! Does God convict you of any tendency to be contentious, divisive or negative? Do not make excuses or justify your behavior. If you are honest in your confession and repentance, God will totally transform your heart. He will give you wisdom to deal with honest differences of opinion without becoming angry and divisive. God will also lead you to ask forgiveness from those you have offended (Matthew 5:23-24).
As we confess and forsake our sinful acts of anger, contention and fighting, may we place our sole trust in the "author and finisher of our faith." (Hebrews 12:2)