My dear brothers and sisters, I have a serious concern I need to bring up with you, for I have been informed by those of Chloe’s house church that you have been destructively arguing among yourselves. And I need to bring this up because each of you is claiming loyalty to different preachers. Some are saying, “I am a disciple of Paul,” or, “I follow Apollos,” or, “I am a disciple of Peter the Rock,” and some, “I belong only to Christ.”1 Corinthians 1:11-12 TPT
It can be easy to focus on people who have authority and to make decisions based on what people say instead of based on the bible and loving each other. This unhealthy and idolatrous focus on people, can start arguments, tear people apart, and distract from our real goal – being right with God and living a life of purpose and love! God wants us to be unified, building each other up, and able to live happy, healthy lives.
How often are you involved in arguments caused by siding with one person over another? When this happens, we need to acknowledge it, and refocus on God. Find scriptures about being unified, God’s path or similar topics to learn more about having healthy relationships with authority.
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