Brothers divided

RE Verse reading–Acts 4:36-37, 11:19-26, 15:36-40 (day five)  “And there occurred such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another and Barnabus took Mark with him and sailed to Cyprus.  But Paul chose Silas and left, being committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord”  (15:39-40)  Sometimes godly people disagree.  Sometimes strongly.  It is a mistake to minimize the conflict between Barnabus and Paul.  “Sharp disagreement” translates a single word that means” to stab from the side, to be betrayed by a trusted brother”.  I am grateful that both men knew to continue to serve Christ.  Conflict with a brother is often painful and always dangerous, but  it does not have to be fatal to the parties involved or the common mission of the church.  These things have a way of sorting themselves out over time.  Do not become resentful! Do not quit or harbor anger!  Continue to serve and leave the management of your brother to your Father.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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