Divisiveness is an ugly sin, but it will not be a problem where people seek God’s glory alone. True unity flows from a passion for God’s exaltation.
Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! Psalm 115:1
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” First Corinthians 1:30-31
The Psalmist prays a prayer that God loves to answer. He prays that all glory may go to the Lord and not to himself or his people. God does deserve all glory and those who give Him praise understand this.
Paul admonishes the Christians in Corinth who showed a total lack of passion for the glory of God. He points out their deep divisions over their loyalties to various pastors and apostles. It was popular for these believers to identify themselves with one leader or another, forming cliques. One group even said they were “of Christ” as if the others were not.
The Apostle disavows any intention of creating such parties within the congregation. He tells them that God’s wisdom is contrary to the wisdom of this world which causes people to elevate themselves and seek their own glory—not God’s. The divisions will stop when they renounce this false wisdom and find their identity in Christ. He is their wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.
Think about it
God blesses those who seek His glory, not their own, and God’s blessings will not be found by those who seek their own glory. One of those blessings is unity with our brothers and sisters.
For us, believers, everything we need is in Christ. We ought to see ourselves as one in Him not divided in competing groups. Divisions often come from the desire for our own glory. Beware of ungodly affection that can grow in our hearts. There is but one way to the Father, through Jesus, and all of us who have come to Him are one with Him and with each other. Boast in the Lord alone.