Pastor Tim Romero

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Acts 15:36-40

Acts 15:36–40 (ESV): " 37 Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. 38 But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 39 And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, 40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord."

Sometimes believers just need to agree to disagree and move on fulfilling the mission.  When differences arise understand the enemies intent to divide and distract.  At all cost fulfill the Fathers will.

Paul and Barnabas weren't new to the mission field.  They knew the dangers that exist when taking the Gospel into the world.  They needed compete unity if they were going to be successful on the mission.  An argument arose between the seasoned saints about John Mark, Barnabas' cousin, because his accompaniment on their first missionary journey was a busted, he departed them early (Acts 13:13).  Paul was not down with a deserter joining them a second time and yet Barnabas wanted to give John Mark another shot.  This issue divided Paul and Barnabas.  The enemy meant it for evil but God used to create two missionary teams rather than one.  However that should never be used as an excuse to divide.

Believers are called to unity in the body and in the ministry.  If there arises a dispute amongst Christians we need to try to find a way to be unified.  That is the will of God.  It's never ok to depart unreconciled.  If you are in a dispute with a brother or sister do what you can to live at peace with them (Rom 12:18).  If you can't come together, agree to disagree and depart friends.  Don't give the enemy a foothold in your life.Amen?

Father forgive Your children for fighting amongst each other.  Protect the unity that exists in our lives and bring unity in those relationships that need it.  We are called to a higher way of living let us live it out as one body through one Spirit in the unity of peace we pray in Jesus name, amen!

Acts 17:22-23
Acts 15:10-11

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