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. (1 Corinthians 1:10, NKJV)
Division among the Corinthian Christians prompted the apostle to literally beg them to restore the fracture. Just as fishermen mend their nets, their minds and judgment needed to be completely joined together (see the same word in Mk. 1:19). Carnal rancor is sinful, preventing the unity that is to characterize disciples of Jesus (1 Cor. 3:3-4). The apostle did not urge these saints to “agree to disagree”, but to work together toward having “no divisions”. This was not the ecumenical plea to “agree to disagree”; it was a plea for true unity in Christ. Unity is therefore desirable, commanded and attainable by those who have been called “into the fellowship of His Son” through the gospel (1 Cor. 1:9). The word of the cross leads us to unity in the church, in our marriages, and in every other godly relationship.