Dear friends Division, at its core, seeks to separate and isolate. When there is division among us, unity is threatened, and our shared purpose can be hindered. Just as a home divided cannot stand, so too can a community be weakened when division takes root. The Bible speaks of the dangers of division and the importance of maintaining unity.
Brother and sister, think about a flock of sheep. If a few stray away, they become more vulnerable to predators. Similarly, when we let division seep into our lives, we become more susceptible to the challenges and troubles that aim to pull us further apart. The Bible has always emphasized the strength in unity. As believers, our shared faith in God should be the bond that holds us together, regardless of our differences.
Throughout the scriptures, we see instances where division has caused turmoil. For instance, when the Israelites disagreed about their leaders, it led to discord. Or when the early church faced disagreements, they had to find ways to come together in love and understanding. It’s a reminder that even in our disagreements, we must seek to understand and unite, drawing closer to God and each other.
Dear friends, now let’s see the Bible scriptures below that talk about Division.
“For I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy”
1 Peter 3:8
“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous”
1 Corinthians 1:10
“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”
“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them”
“These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit”
“A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren”
“Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies”
1 Corinthians 12:25
“That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another”
“A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject”
“Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits”
1 Corinthians 3:3
“For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?”
1 Corinthians 11:18
“For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it”
“And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided”
“But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another”
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity”
“Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations”
1 Corinthians 11:19
“For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you”
“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me”
“Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”
“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye”
“Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind”
“Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus”
“For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us”
“Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord”
“A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends”
“And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand”
“Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them”
“And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand”
Division, as depicted in the Bible, is not just a matter of separating entities, but it is a breach that can disrupt the harmony and purpose that God desires for His people. The scriptures frequently remind us of the significance of unity, emphasizing the power that comes with standing together in faith. When division emerges, it poses a challenge, but with understanding, compassion, and turning to God’s word, we can overcome and restore unity. As believers, it’s our duty to champion unity, to guard against division, and to remember the strength that emerges when we stand together. Let us embrace our shared faith, cherish our shared purpose, and above all, remember the call to love one another as Christ loves us.