Paul and Barnabas were good friends. They worked together to tell people about Jesus. But our Bible verses tell us that one day, Paul and Barnabas had a disagreement.
Barnabas wanted to take Mark with them on a mission trip. Paul disagreed. Verse 39a says, “Paul and Barnabas had a big argument about this. It was so bad that they separated and went different ways.”
We all have times when we disagree with other people. The Bible tells us how we can work through a disagreement. First, we should try to understand what the other person is feeling and thinking. Philippians 2:3 says, “…don’t let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble and honor others more than yourselves.” Second, we should not become angry. Ephesians 4:26 tells us to not let our anger make us sin and to “not stay angry all day.”
When you have a disagreement, don’t give up or run away. Ask God to help you find a solution.