1 Corinthians 1:10 (NLT)
I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.
If there is one thing lacking in homes, in schools, in families, and in society as a whole, it is that we very often do not “live in harmony with each other.” By the very same token, if there is one thing that could define society it is that there is a host of divisions among us, very few people even among believers are “of one mind, united in thought and purpose” to reflect hope and to do good in the world.
Living in harmony with each other does not come easy to us by virtue of our human nature. We are more concerned about ourselves and meeting our own needs than other people and their needs. This is not a put-down of human nature; it is a fact. We [not just people in the world, but more so those in the church] don’t naturally or normally think about or care about the needs and wants of others. This is why Paul had to “appeal” to the “dear brothers and sisters” at the Corinthian church with this message.
Getting along well with others and being considerate of the needs of others isn’t just something that we should teach to our children, but it is an attitude that we ought to display ourselves in everyday life. It isn’t enough just to act harmonious or talk about unity, we also have to have the spirit of harmony and unity. This means that our very being and nature is one that seeks to live, work, and play in unity with others.
God has set up this world in such a way that we need people. We need people to grow; we need people to learn from; we need people to challenge us; we need people to help us; and we need people to work with. You will not get through life without good people around you. Some of us don’t get along with people simply because we don’t get along with ourselves. If you don’t learn to get along with others, you will not be as happy or as productive as you can be.
“Living in harmony with each other” takes practice but if we are to learn, work and serve together, we must make the sincere effort to be unified. We learn to cooperate and be considerate by being around others and no one should be a better example of harmony than believers. Life is a battle and we need to support, defend, and encourage each other. The more we strive to be in sincere unity, the stronger our relationships will be and the more collective good we can do in the world.
“There is but one God, and they that serve him should be one. There is nothing that would render the true religion more lovely, or make more proselytes to it, than to see the professors of it tied together with the heart strings of love. If God be one, let all that profess him be of one mind, and one heart, and thus fulfill Christ’s prayer, ‘that they all may be one.’”
— Thomas Watson