This is a very challenging verse.
That is, a very challenging verse to many in the Body of Christ.
To many in the Body of Christ who, as many times as they have read it, neither truly understand nor adhere to what the Apostle Paul was saying here.
As a matter of fact, most of the time, they do the exact opposite.
They help the devil along by creating MORE divisions in the Body of Christ, and acting like their sect of Christianity is better than anyone else’s.
They act like schoolchildren on the playground, not allowing some to join their games because of how the others look, talk, sound, and act.
Granted, it is one thing to “test the spirits”(1Jn. 4:1-3) and a Berean (Acts 17:11), but it is entirely another thing to tear a true brother or sister in the Lord up with ugly words just because they are “different”.
The Lord loves variety, and yes, He loves UNITY among the brethren when they truly are worshipping the One and the Same Jesus—that is a must.
The early Church “got” it; those in the time of the birth of the Church (Acts) realized what was needed to be done in order to have and keep that unity while also adhering to the Word.
What happened since then?
What happened to the Body of Christ?
Satan saw that there were murmurings and divisions started, and so he took the opportunity to WIDEN the division, and voila—here we are TODAY, in the 21st century, with splits in the Church by the tens of thousands! Disgusting.
But we cannot blame it all on Satan—it is the CHURCH’S fault for not seeing what WE allowed the enemy to do, and correct it.
Bottom line— if this is not corrected by the time the Lord Jesus returns, churches of God (and I use that term loosely) who say they are in the Body of Christ—be warned once again, you WILL answer to Him as to WHY we are no longer “in one accord”.
That IS what Jesus prayed for, after all, in John 17:21, “that they all may be ONE, as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee…that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.”
The Holy Spirit’s guidance, teaching, leading, correction, etc. is obviously MISSING from all of this, hence the reason why for the most part, the Body of Christ has been divided as such. Why would we as the Body of Christ, the Church, be so stubborn and stiff-necked to the Very One Who Christ Himself sent and said we were to listen to, be led by and learn from (Jn. 16:13)? How can we call ourselves then, sons of the Most High God, if we refuse to be led by Him(Rom. 8:14)?
Hmmm…maybe that IS the very reason WHY the world has a problem believing in Jesus—because they no longer see the UNITY in the Body of Christ.
Something to think and pray fervently about, beloved.