Romans 16:17 “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.”
The Lord definitely emphasizes the important of unity. God instructs us to identify the people that cause divisions and offences among the Church and then avoid them. We are given a warning that there will be folks that will preach and proclaim a doctrine that is contrary to that which we have learned. However; the problem with today’s society is that they don’t have any doctrine. The concern that I have is the fact that people will follow anything these days without holding the trend up to the Scriptures. The Doctrine we hold is what keeps us stable as well as unified.
Every Christian must understand that we are going to encounter people that have different beliefs. I will go as far as to say no person completely agrees about everything. So the question arises on where to draw the line? Well the line is drawn when you can honestly say this person is headed down a path that will cause me harm, and could possibly cost me my life, testimony or purity. When you identify these people, we must avoid them.
God does command us to avoid people. Here is a list of people you should avoid:
1. Avoid People that Gossip: They will cause division quickly
2. Avoid People that want to Argue: A person that desires to argue all the time are more interested in pursuing conflict than harmony.
3. Avoid People that Bring you down: If some is always bring you down then avoid them.
4. Avoid People that refuse to Agree to Disagree: It is okay to disagree, but if you can’t get past your disagreement then it could cause major division.
Today’s Challenge: Identify people in your life that must be avoided.