The apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
~ Acts 15:6
Religious contentions are often about matters of only minor importance. People agree on essential things and then quarrel about things that do not matter.
It would save many strifes that do great harm if men would seek counsel in their differences and find a basis of agreement. If a peaceful course had not been followed in this ancient case, the Christian Church would have been rent in two, and no one can tell what the disastrous consequences would have been.
Christians should always be ready to yield their own preferences to prevent strife. “Blessed are the peacemakers.”
There is a story of two monks who had never quarrelled. They began to think their life monotonous, and one of them suggested that they quarrel. “Well, what shall we quarrel about?” “About this stone,” was the answer. “You say it is yours and I’ll say it is mine.” “This stone belongs to me,” said the first. “Very well – you may have it,” was the reply.