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TODAY’S MEDITATION – Christ wants us to live in harmony with each other (1 Corinthians 1:10)

Apostle Paul founded the church of Corinth on his second missionary journey. 18 months after his departure, arguments and divisions arose, and some church members slipped back into an immoral life-style. My brother, my sister, know that divisions between Christians only undermine the effectiveness of the message that believers are to proclaim. Now, looking into the matter closely, you will find out that divisions within our churches always start with some believers thinking they know it all or better than the others; some believers judging or criticizing the others; some believers going to church not focusing on the Head of the Church, Jesus Christ, but on what people are doing or not; and of course some believers not only find it hard to submit to the Word or the authority God has placed before them, but want they others to do so. My friend, always strive to be the one bringing harmony among Christians, not the one fueling divisions. Harmony is a product of love. God is love. Division is a product of hate. Satan hates all and everything because He knows His time is short. The Bible says, whenever we start isolating ourselves from our Christian fellows in our mind or physically, we have let our selfish desires to take over us: “Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment” (Proverbs 18:1). Just look at Judas, when He started nurturing his plans to betray Jesus, even though he continued to be around our Lord, Satan entered into Judas (Luke 22:3)! Why, because Judas isolated himself by remaining a thief: being the treasurer of the group, he used this trusted position to steal (John 12:6); Judas also himself from the group to go and sell Jesus (he went alone!): “Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14-15)… and you see, When Jesus mentioned a betrayer in their midst, the other disciples worried that it could be any of them (John 13:22). No one suspected Judas. He was a trusted member of the Twelve! Yes my friend, seek harmony with your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ by remaining attached to the True Vine… so that the evil one will not lead you to seek your own best interest or use you to be an instrument of division. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name. [facebook] [retweet]