What is Your Focus?

By Terry Wardle

May 16, 2012

I recently finished reading a new book on the Holy Spirit by Jack Levinson called Fresh Air. It was a good read and definitely had some challenging ideas in it. When speaking of Paul, he comments that he, Paul, was unquestionably concerned about sin, and even goes to some length in several of his letters to list particularly problematic ones. But, according to Levinson, nothing was as problematic to Paul as causing divisions within the community of faith. He writes:

“The Corinthians, [Paul] urges, must stop destroying God’s unified temple through cliques and quarrels and jealousies and schisms, or they will be destroyed. Their cliques are not casual and inconsequential, but criminal and catastrophic.”

I could not help but think about how much attention we give to people’s sin:  greed, lust, anger, etc., and how little we focus on the problem of disunity within the people of God. Could it be that we need to be spend at least a little more time appreciating what unites us as brothers and sisters, and a little less time focusing on where we still fall short?

“Always keep yourself united in the Holy Spirit, and bind yourself together with peace.” Ephesians 4:3

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