1 Corinthians 12:25-26
That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.…
I. ITS NATURE.
1. Its rise — a division of opinion. In this stage it existed among the hearers of the Saviour concerning the Messiahship of Jesus; and John informs us "so there was a division (schism) among the people because of Him." While it proceeds no further, it becomes the obvious duty of believers to endeavour by earnest prayer, diligent investigation of the Scriptures, and calm friendly conference, to come to the same mind.
2. Its progress — a breach of friendship, either by unkind words or unkind treatment, by partial or obvious neglect, from a want of love to the brethren and concern for their interest and welfare, or from regarding any member or members of the Church as inferior, useless, or unnecessary.
3. Its results.
(1) It divides the interests of the people of God.
(2) It destroys the spirit of prayer.
(3) It exposes religion to contempt.
(4) It brings misery or ruin to the individual who excites or promotes it.
II. THE DUTY OF BELIEVERS AS RESPECTS IT.
1. By exercising great care in the admission of persons into the Church.
2. By watchfulness over our own tempers — guarding against every proud, haughty look, word, or action. We must cultivate mutual forbearance, and impartiality in our treatment of, and expressions concerning, our fellow-members, and the ministers of the gospel. We must be very watchful over the tongue. Many schisms have commenced in an unguarded trifling word. We must shun all false doctrines.
3. By submission to Church discipline.
4. By prayer. Communion with God conforms us to His image, and that image is love.
Parallel VersesKJV: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.