Schism Chasms

“But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it,
that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.” 1 Corinthians 12:24-25

The word schism reminds me of chasm, of falling deep and not being able to get back out.

Lord, help us to remember that there should be no divisions. . .no cracks that could cause someone to fall. And here’s a simple poem . . .


When the body
has schisms
it’s divided
by wide gaps
but when it’s members
care for each other
no one risks falling
through the cracks.


  1. Quite profound Deb!… and so true… yet in this world it is hard to keep the Unity of the Spirit… but by those who truly practice humility, submission, grace and love towards each other is it possible.
    We HAVE to be our brother and sister’s keeper… make sure they are OK… and certainly not be the cause of their downfall!
    Yeshua said… “A new commandment I give unto you that you love one another as I have loved you”

  2. “…that there should be no schism in the body…”

    When is there no schism or division in the body, usually when heavy persecution is happening to the body, like in North Korea and China. The believers there are not nitpicking each other over differences, but instead they are working together to have their prayers heard by God.

  3. Thank you, Susan, for your comments! That Unity of the Spirit does seem elusive at this time. I know that it is what draws us together and to each other, when we allow it to.
    God bless you and the love of Jesus in your life!

  4. Yes, Larry . . .that is the perfect example of no schism. After Susan’s comment, then yours, it has me thinking if this is what it will take here in America. God bless you as He works through you today, to reach across all divides.

  5. I had to smile… this is a good one to put to memory…
    20 years ago we were foot skiing down the glacier opposite the Bear Glacier in Hyder Alaska. It was the being close enough that saved our daughter from falling in one of the endless crevices and as she began her slide into it we could swoop her right out… a true miracle of just being ‘close’ enough!
    Thanks for the great ‘simple poem’

  6. Great poem, Debbie, and very true!

  7. Oh thank you for sharing that! That is such a good visual of what could happen . . .but doesn’t. (And so glad it didn’t to your daughter!!!!) God bless you as you stay close to Him!
    p.s. sweet fisherlady . . .I keep trying to comment at your blog but it says I have illegal characters in my url. 😦

  8. Thank you Eden! God bless you as you bridge the gaps with photos! 🙂

  9. Love this! You know how I feel about divisions in the church. Drives me nuts! But God is good and He can restore unity. Peace, Linda

  10. I feel I keep posting about the same thing. haha! Maybe there is a reason? I believe what you said . . .God IS good and He does restore unity, filling in what we have torn apart.
    God bless you and keep you close today!

  11. The secret is to see a crack before it becomes a schism.

    Cracks are to be expected.
    Some little cracks are to be lived with, because our faith allows for differences of opinion, but these cracks do not cause harm.
    When cracks start to widen they assume dangers and when they become schisms they can be fatal – fatal to believers, to the Church, to non-believers who witness them.

    We need to recognise the difference between unity and union. We can have unity even when we differ on other than the fundamentals. In unity we accept one another and care for one another.

  12. I am so glad you have a blog, mentor Angela. He has given you much experience and wisdom and this comment shows both. Thank you for taking the time to read here and post such thoughtful words and help. 🙂 I learn so much from you . . .and that part about seeing cracks and allowing some makes so much sense. Also the union and unity part too. God bless you as He sends you out today, in His name and love!

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