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“Dear Lord, one of the Face­book groups I be­long to clued me in on a great new way for women to unite in faith—but when I tried to put it into prac­tice, things went hor­ri­bly wrong. I in­vited some friends over, and we were sup­posed to dis­cuss a few faith ques­tions that would bring us to­gether. And though the ques­tions them­selves weren’t very con­tro­ver­sial, two of the women got into an ar­gu­ment so heated that one walked out! They’re both very good peo­ple who have since made up, but I’ve seen this kind of thing hap­pen be­fore: At ev­ery­thing from ca­sual get-to­geth­ers to Bi­ble stud­ies and prayer groups, fights break out. I’m not about to lose my per­sonal faith over it; still, my hope that we’ll ever be united as Chris­tians is def­i­nitely wan­ing. If there’s an an­swer to all the bat­tling be­tween us, please tell me what it is!”

Wis­dom of the Word

And let us con­sider how to stir up one an­other to love and good works, not ne­glect­ing to meet to­gether, as is the habit of some, but en­cour­ag­ing one an­other, and all the more as you see the Day draw­ing near. —Paul (likely) in an open let­ter, He­brews 10:24–25

We un­der­stand and yet…

We count on our faith to bring us to­gether, so it hurts our hearts to see Chris­tians fight among them­selves. The dis­cord in our ranks is so wide­spread and heated, we some­times feel our hope in Chris­tian har­mony is gone. Are we as pow­er­less against the in­fight­ing as we feel?

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