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A failure to be of one mind, which should be avoided whenever possible within the church, the family and other areas of everyday life. Christians are urged to maintain the unity of the church and avoid damaging division.

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Disagreement within the church

Between individuals

Philippians 4:2 NKJV
I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.
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About doctrine

Acts 15:1–2 NKJV
And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” Therefore, when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up to Jerusalem, to the apostles and elders, about this question.
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Disagreement in the family

May cause estrangement

Micah 7:6 NKJV
For son dishonors father, Daughter rises against her mother, Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; A man’s enemies are the men of his own household.
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Is unpleasant to live with

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Disagreement among witnesses

The background to this statement is Dt 19:15, which demands that conviction can only take place on the testimony of two or three agreed witnesses.

The wisdom of avoiding disagreement

2 Timothy 2:14 NKJV
Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers.
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To prevent division

Matthew 12:25 NKJV
But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.
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Sin provokes disagreement

Galatians 5:19–20 NKJV
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,
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Examples where disagreement is inevitable

Nahash’s suggestion to the men of Jabesh Gilead; Ben-Hadad’s demands on Ahab

Examples of resolved disagreement

Abraham and Lot resolve their disagreement over land and livestock; Isaac settles a disagreement about the water supply; Solomon resolves a disagreement between two prostitutes.

Ways to resolve disagreement

Settlement out of court

Matthew 5:25 NKJV
Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.
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Accepting weaknesses

Romans 14:1 NKJV
Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things.

Striving for harmony

1 Corinthians 1:10 NKJV
Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
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Appointing wise leaders

Moses realised that he was unable to deal with all the people’s disputes alone.
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Being of sound doctrine

1 Timothy 1:3–4 NKJV
As I urged you when I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.
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Those who seek to resolve disagreement are blessed

Matthew 5:9 NKJV
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
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