1 Corinthians 1: 10-18 v 13 “Has Christ been divided into fractions? Was I Paul, crucified for you? Were any of you baptized in the name of Paul? Of course not!
I appeal to you brothers and sisters to live in harmony with each other. Some members of Cloe’s household have told me about your quarrels. Has Christ been divided into fractions? Was I Paul, crucified for you? Were any of you baptized in the name of Paul? Of course not! Christ sent me to preach the Good News. Not with clever speech in fear that the cross of Christ would lose its power. The cross is foolish to those heading for destruction, to the saved the very power of God.
Having a brother and sister and seeing my own children grow up I could be excused for saying the opening statement is foolish. Brothers and sisters living in harmony? With three in the family there were many reasons for discord and two would gang up against one. How foolish that we would live always in harmony. I remember being surprised that my husband was trying to sort out a dispute between my daughters and clothes they were wearing. Another foolish move, they were better to sort it out for themselves.
Money is a common area of quarrels between couples, often one spending too much and the other feeling deprived. However, in this case facts are more easily found, checking the ins and outs of a bank account. It gives a starting point for an honest discussion.
And then there is the story of Christ on the cross. How up to that point in history sacrifices of animals, food and even children were made to help men live in harmony with each other. Jesus Christ, God’s son was sacrificed for each one of us. Foolishness or the act of a powerful God?
Brother and sisters living in harmony is a constant battle and reorganization of hierarchy and I find similar traits in the community of a church. The ultimate foolishness is to not believe in the power of God as demonstrated by the death and resurrection of His son Jesus Christ. That belief will help to resolve quarrels and help us to live in harmony.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you for the love you have for all as demonstrated by the power of the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ. Help us to live in harmony with those whom we share this space on earth. To see the facts that will help resolve conflicts and to work for your good in community. Amen.