I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind united in thought and purpose.
There is a serious problem in today's church. A problem so big that it is tearing our churches apart! Gossip and bickering between church members are running rampant! I might would even step out on a limb and say that it is worse in the church body than in the secular body!
Now, I am totally guilty of this myself! I've sometimes even been the ring leader in some of the most heated gossip sessions, so I am writing this for myself as well as everyone else. That being said, I think we as believers have some things we need to work on! The body of Christ needs to learn to love and work together in peace and love! We are always gossiping about each other (talk about ruining our witness😱). Some churches have even stopped growing because of this. The unsaved don't want to come to church because they see how we treat each other, and they want no part of it!! Can you honestly blame them??
Christians are letting the devil use them by allowing him to cause strife, conflict, jealousy, and bitterness to come between them! This has got to STOP!!! Church life is supposed to be all about JESUS and spreading his word and showing his love to the world!
Philippians 2:2 says that it makes God happy when we work together in love. Don't we want to make God happy?? We should be building others up instead of tearing them down. We have to be Jesus to this sick and dying world, but we never will be unless we take action and stop this nonsense NOW. John 13:35 puts it so beautifully: Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. So start proving it to the world today! Lets put our differences aside and start working together in love.