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July 28, 1998

Across the Divide

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How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! PSALM 133:1
In Scripture, the concept of brotherhood extends beyond blood relatives who have the same parents. As believers, we are all adopted sons and daughters of God. So in a spiritual sense, we are all “brothers” and “sisters” in Christ.
We don’t just spend time with these brothers and sisters in the faith at church. We also rub shoulders with them where we work, live, and play. And there’s a good chance the brothers and sisters we come in contact with outside our homes and churches are from a denomination or spiritual tradition that is different from our own. Scripture teaches that other people will know we are Christians by our love— and although we sometimes wish it weren’t so, this includes our love for other believers.
This presents an interesting question: Are we living in unity with our spiritual relatives?
This type of unity only comes from God, and it results in blessings that descend from God.
Take a minute and think of your coworkers whom you know to be Christians. Are you living in unity with them, or do you spend your lunch hours arguing over whose understanding of eschatology is correct, whose church has the correct kind of music, or whose view of speaking in tongues is right? If the latter is the case, have you ever thought about how your disagreements might sound to your nonbelieving coworkers? Chances are, such discussions are not making anybody else want the faith that you share.
Let’s major on the majors of the faith—the lordship of Christ, our faith in His salvation, and our love for and devotion to Him—and not let the details divide us. This will make our lives more fragrant and attractive to those who are surely watching us at work.

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