August 6, 2022

The Impact of Disunity

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and … same judgment.” – 1 Corinthians 1:10 NASB

From their home in southern Mesopotamia, the Sumerians became one of history’s first superpowers. Their empire gradually expanded as far as the Mediterranean Sea. Their cities included Ur, the home of Abraham. Throughout their history, they had to defend their empire from invading raiders and battle rebellion within their borders.

They had many strengths and for decades held a position of dominance. Eventually, a lack of unity led to a decline. Fighting among themselves, the Sumerians faded as a world power.

This kind of infighting can destroy any organization, country, family, church, or marriage. Therefore Paul strongly warned about the consequences of division. He urged the Corinthians to seek unity and eliminate rivalries and divisions. He taught them not to be consumed with personal attention and control but to seek God’s Kingdom and work together to pursue the same goals.

The Bible teaches that the more Christians work together, the more effective we will be and the more impact we can have. Jesus prayed that we “may all be one.” Why? “So that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:20-21).

Ask God to help you seek the unity of the body. Surrender your will to the lordship of Jesus, as head of the church. Strive to have “the same mind” with your brothers and sisters in Christ, united in serving God and united in seeking first His Kingdom.

Reflection Question: How can you contribute to unity within your sphere of influence?




Father, help me to be a faithful servant. I surrender my life to You. Use me for Your Kingdom. Help me fulfill Your call. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
1 Corinthians 1