Godly Differences

They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord. -Acts 15:39-40 (NIV)

Even Christians disagree. There were a great many differences of opinion in the early Church, just like today. The dynamic duo of Paul and Barnabas had such a quarrel that it split up the act. History shows us that Barnabas was right about John Mark who did have what it took to be a great leader, but Paul wasn’t wrong to take Silas on his next missionary adventure, as extraordinary things were accomplished by this new team.

Conflict doesn’t have to mean destruction. It really means that God sometimes works in curious ways and that we must remain faithful to the end He has in mind, even though we may not understand the means so clearly.

Be steadfast in giving, loving in conflict and joyful in the struggle to be better, stronger and all that God has in mind for His Church.

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