Even more striking, when viewing Biblical history, is that the two (arguably) most famous APOSTLES fought each other. If unfamiliar with this, please read Galatians 2:11-13. If Peter and Paul themselves were in conflict, what chance can we have of being in unity with other Christians? Further, how can we be in unity with them AND hold them accountable for things at odds with the Bible and Biblical understanding?
Questions for further thought:
1. Looking up the scripture, what WAS it that Paul fought with Peter about? Why was it important for Christian unity to have this conflict?
2. IS there a way to reconcile Christian accountability with Christian unity? How do we appropriately accomplish both of those objectives in a loving way?
Challenge: By definition, since we’re all different, differences of opinion will arise, even with Biblical topics. Sometimes, others may see things we’re doing or saying as not in accord with the Bible. If we don’t see it ourselves, others may, sometimes, call us to account, as Paul did with Peter. There’s a right and wrong way to do this while maintaining the unity Christ wanted. Please pray that we find the words and tone that allows both to be fulfilled at the same time. Amen.
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