Unity Begins at Home
- Date: October 1, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (1 Corinthians 1:10)
- From No Greater Love
We've talked a lot about the love of God. And in the love of God of course, we talked about the love of God being expressed to us and through us as it relates to our ability to forgive one another. If we don't experience and know the love of God, we'll never have the grace to forgive one another. As we looked at forgiveness, we saw all of the different aspects of aphiemi, that Greek word that holds us to such a standard. Both forgiveness and love are to be "even as I." "Even as I," God says. We saw in that aspect of forgiveness how we are to relate to one another. We're to receive those that come to us and ask for forgiveness. Love doesn't just do that, as we saw. It receives it at face value. We don't hold sin. As we saw recently, we don't delight in the sin. We don't hold it against them. We see that the sins committed against us must be cast into the same sea of forgetfulness that God casts our sins into. In this realm of forgiveness, it's how we keep the body in unity. We've shared before that the thing that we have to fear here the most as a fellowship is the fact that we are unified, and we are a target for the enemy because of that. He absolutely understands the strength of unity, of a singleness of heart. It's the thing that he fears most. His tactic, as we shared before-we want to talk about it a little bit tonight as we finish the subject. His tactic is this: a house divided against itself cannot stand. He tries to bring conflict into our individual homes. I want to tell you something. If your house is divided, that's leaven in this fellowship. If you can't get this stuff worked out at home, you're weakening us every time you show up here. A house divided against itself cannot stand.
He makes this statement in 1 Corinthians 1:10: "Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing …" "Well, when you get mature, you should have the ability to think your own way. See, if you're mature, if we're a mature church, we should have our own interpretations of Scripture. We should have our way that we apply things, and we should have our own dogmas that we've established." The Holy Ghost does not agree with you. He said, "Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment." We will show you as we go through this epistle a little bit, how that relates to the maturity that the Holy Spirit was requiring of this fellowship. He said in verse 7: "I'm writing this to you so that you don't become behind in any gifts." We're being told in this society that we're all to be free thinkers. We should all be able to stand and speak our minds. But we've been called to speak the truth. One of the greatest things that we can learn is that our opinion isn't always the truth, but God's Word is. If we're going to be dogmatic about something, let's be dogmatic about the Word of God. If we're going to be dogmatic about this conflict that's between you and me, it better be sin or there should be no conflict. If it is sin, and there is genuine conflict, it must be resolved. It can't go on.