“And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them...” (Acts 15:7)
The dispute mentioned in this text was not a contentious argument, but an open and honest discussion. In fact, I would not be a bit surprised that it was at times heated and filled with passion, but nevertheless governed by dignity, respect, and brotherly love. Every organization and government requires open and honest dialogue. However, in order for this type of communication to exist, there must be a high level of leadership. Someone must know when to end the debate. Someone must be willing to rise and bring closure to the need of the hour. Peter brought that kind of leadership to the table. Can you see it? Can you see Peter listening, commenting, rising up, and then bringing closure? Let us remember to take Peter’s lead and realize that disputes may be inevitable, but godly leadership is always required.