26th February 2015
‘I beg you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to stop arguing among yourselves. Let there be real harmony so that there won't be splits in the church. I plead with you to be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.’ 1 Corinthians 1:10 (LB)
We’d have fewer arguments if we just slowed down. Many arguments are ‘accidental’ because we’re so reactionary. It’s possible to control our impulses – it takes discipline and relying on God’s power – but it can happen.
Maybe you’re not one of those people who spontaneously explode with the slightest spark. You could go the other way and keep everything on the inside, plotting silently and striking when the time is right. You might not shout and scream. You might be the type who will slide in a remark or two with a carefully constructed look, and then sit back and watch the fireworks.
Arguments are destructive on so many levels. They destroy peace and ruin our ability to work together to reach the world for Jesus.
Question to consider
If you have a conflict with a brother or sister in Christ, what will you do today to seek reconciliation?
Pray that God will help you to make a commitment to slow down today and to be more reflective about your words. Also pray for a way to show support, encouragement and kindness to others.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.