Are you serving in unity or striving in division and disharmony?
We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. (Romans 15:1-3 KJV)
The context of this verse was written for the Roman church who was struggling in Paul’s time however it has much relevance for the church of today as well. Paul was calling for churches to serve God in unity rather than find reasons for division and strife amongst themselves.
In every church across the land there are those professing Christians who are existing spiritually by being bottle fed on the milk of God’s Word as well as those who have battled forward on their knees in God’s mighty strength thriving and feasting upon the meat of His Word. It takes both weak Christians as well as strong Christians working together in the Truth of God’s Word for His church for it to function according to His will and way.
It is when servants focus upon themselves or other men instead of God that inwardly focused “religious” battles rear their ugly head within the confines of a church and among Christians; taking away focus from upon the things of God realigning them to center around things of man. These “religious” battles are concentrated around the breaking God’s law and works of man instead of the unconditional love, mercy, and grace of God tempered with righteous judgment and spiritual growth.
To unconditionally love a fellow Christian brother or sister is not to accommodate or cater to selfish focused whims, works, or rabbit trails but to center upon the things of God in every spiritual work giving Him honor and glory and allowing spiritual fruit to be cultivated and reaped in His church.