Scripture On Walking In Agreement
Do not deprive yourself of one another, except perhaps by unity for a limited time, so that you may surrender to prayer; but then you come together so that Satan does not seduce you because of your lack of self-control. We both lost our positions with a world class horse race, just to see our single-horse business grow to a series of almost 20 thoroughbreds. It is a difficult industry and working side by side for long hours has its joys and challenges. We could never be where we are if we don`t walk together with common goals in a heart and mind. This word is also translated into other verses such as: agreed to meet (1), appointed (3), assemble (3), assembled (3), assigned (1), designated (1), collect (1), collected (3), take a date (2), take (7), (1), sentence (1), summons (3). It therefore seems dangerous to compel them to enter into a single unconditional agreement. If you only walk with people, you agree. What is it? Even the bad guys do it. The miracle of the Christian community is that you voluntarily submit to each other in love and walk together, regardless of your differences of opinion. Paul wants this Church to stay united.
He does not want a separation on this issue. In this case, it does not even recommend formal discipline. On the contrary, he wants unity in love, despite disagreements. He insists on two things: first, do not despise, and second, not to judge. The strong should not despise the weak, he should not look down at him. We know what it is. A reformed Christian believes he can drink wine; A Christian of fundamentalist origin thinks that he must give up alcoholic beverages altogether. The reformed look at the fundamentalist, give him names. You`re ignorant, stupid. I`m refined. I went to the Westminster Seminary; I know the Greek. Everything may be true, but there is no love here, as the reformed believer speaks to his fundamentalist brother.
And what is the Church without love? Jesus said, “This is how all men will recognize that you are my disciples if you love one another.” Love is the sign of the Church. And Paul says in 1 Co 13 that even if you can understand all the mysteries and all the knowledge and you don`t like it, you are nothing. They are interested in forming a new affiliation. It is not a full-bodied body of Christ, another disturbance of the unity of God`s people. If that were the case, I would scold you. Rather, it is an increase in unity: Christians who are otherwise independent of each other, who want to pray together, work together, lock themselves in the evangelical work. That`s wonderful. Progress in unity, at a time when the Church as a whole tends to disunite itself more and more! This unit is something precious. I invite you to appreciate it, to maintain it, to build it.
Don`t let him be broken by disagreements. If you don`t agree, you develop your problems with respect and love for each other. Do not despise each other and condemn each other unless the Gospel is really at stake or there are problems that require formal ecclesial discipline. You must also pray for the distinction, so that you can see more clearly what issues really threaten the communion of the Church and those that are not. It is love that is the supreme sign of the Church. It is the love by which the world can say that you belong to Christ. How can we reflect this unity? Well, we could reflect that unity by agreeing on everything. Certainly, Jesus and his Father agree; They agree on everything. But the passage does not emphasize the adequacy of ideas. Instead, it gives us three possibilities for our unity to be like the wonderful and mysterious unity of the Trinity.