Considering the seemingly broken state of Christianity in today`s world, with all its different camps and divisions, it is tempting to idealize the Pmitian Church as a perfect period of peace and harmony. Instead of several churches in one city, there was only one. Instead of separate confessions, seminaries and theological societies, there was only a small, despised group of disciples who clung to Christ and turned the world around with the message of grace and salvation. But the testimony I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish them, the works I do bear witness to me that the Father sent me. And the Father who sent me took the testimony of me from me. You have never heard his voice, you have never seen his face, and you do not have his word in you, because you do not believe the one he sent. The way to avoid quarrels and disagreements is to make sure you think about the right things and be careful with what you say. Your words are powerful, and if they are mishandling, you can stir up arguments.
We also have a lot of guidance from the Bible on how we can behave when we find out we are in the middle of an argument. After all, you should never lose sight of the importance of forgiveness and restoration. Relationships must be maintained, and once you get rid of weeds, you must feed them with tenderness and care. Then James`s book throws a bomb on this pink vision of history and gives the real picture of the first churches. The Letter of James was the first book of the New Testament written a little over a decade after the rise of Jesus. An incisive reading of this short letter already shows that the author has generated a great deal of ink to address the persistent problem of the sinful human conflict between Christians. What for? Because Christians can and still do sin. And sin tends to have devastating effects. Matthew 18:15-17 When your brother is transgressed against you, go tell him his fault between you and him alone; If he hears you, you will have won your brother.