Worshiping together in unity can be difficult at times. God gave each of us unique ideas, gifts, thoughts and opinions. Disagreements about a particular direction to go as a church or how to worship can rip apart its people. The church body isn’t made up of brick and cement; WE are the body of Christ, His church. The church is people made of flesh that gets bruised easily, and feelings that get hurt sometimes.
How does a church filled with differing opinions, worship together in perfect harmony?
Conflict within a church requires a Holy intervention. When a disagreement with another person happens, pray before confronting them. Having a disagreement doesn’t mean that God can’t work through that situation for His glory. Conflict can give an opportunity to grow and mature.
Paul writes in Ephesians to “be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (-Eph.4.2) He understood that people argue and become passionate about their opinions. He had witnessed church members arguing over which traditions to adhere to, or who was following the right set of rules.
He urged the early churches to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit” (-Eph.4.3) and remain peaceful with one another for the sake of furthering the gospel. Showing love to someone who has hurt us or being patient with a person who gets on our last nerve can be challenging. But putting the unity of people above our own agendas can bring peace among the church. God will work through each situation, but it is only is His timing. Trust that He is working.
We all have different gifts and skills that are used to build up the church body. The lead guitarist’s talent isn’t more valuable to the Kingdom than the janitor’s skill of unplugging a toliet. We are each equipped with a different skill-set to bring glory to God and to build up His church. Each unique skill is important to the church body. (-Eph.4.12)
When we work together it’s “so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature.” (-Eph.4.13) God is working through every person in a unique way and at a different speed of time. We need to be patient while God is working in and through the people around us.
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (-Psalm133.1)
A church building is not meant to be where our faith lives. Our faith is in Christ, and we are complete and unified through Him. We are all one church body as believers in Christ. We should not be divided in Spirit by which church building we choose worship in on a Sunday morning. Relationships beyond the confines of the church walls create unity of one Spirit.
Worship as one body, one heart, one mind, to our One God.
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