Disagree But Don’t Break Communion ~ Reflections from Acts

I’ve been reflecting quite a bit lately as I’ve been reading through Acts about disagreement and dissension in the Body of Christ. We can use these words interchangeably but they are in fact different. Disagreement means “a lack of consensus or approval”. Whereas dissension is “disagreement that leads to discord”. Here is where we get it vitally wrong. It is okay to disagree. Just don’t break communion and cause strife.⠀

In Acts 15, Paul and Barnabas parted ways over a dispute. They were later restored. However, they remained in communion because it was a disagreement, not discord. ⠀

“And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.” ⠀
Acts 15:36-40 ESV⠀

Do not be afraid to disagree with a brother or sister in Christ. Disagreement is normal and inevitable. But don’t intentionally cause strife and break fellowship and communion for those in Christ because of a slight disagreement of opinion. Opinions don’t matter to God. They shouldn’t matter to us either. Only deeply held convictions go to the root of who we are. These don’t change. We stand firm on our convictions. We let opinions wash over us and agree to disagree.⠀

So today, will you agree to disagree with brethren on culture, politics, finer points of theology etc…??? Will you keep communion with them despite the disagreement? Let me know what you think below…👇🏼⠀

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