I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.
1 Corinthians 1:10 NIV
The UK-Canada Trade Continuity Agreement is a free trade agreement between the United Kingdom and Canada. Discussions had been ongoing between both parties during the Brexit transition period, as the UK was pulling out of the European Union. A deal was finally agreed upon on November 21, 2020, signed on December 8, and entered into force on 1 April 2021. The agreement could pave the way to a deeper free trade agreement between Canada and the UK.
I can’t remember a time during my life when the world was so divided. I’m old enough to remember when members of parliament would have a rip-roaring debate in the House of Commons and then head next door to the Chateau Laurier Hotel for dinner together. I’m not sure this is happening anymore. It seems to me that things have become much more personal and painful. I wish I could say this isn’t happening among Christians, but sadly, I’ve also never seen such disunity among followers of Christ as I have lately. The apostle Paul saw this same disunity as people in the church of Corinth lined up behind one teacher or another and had their pet peeves and unbending opinions. He addresses the matter directly in 1 Corinthians 1:10: “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” To my fellow followers of Christ – there is a world that needs Jesus desperately. It’s time to get our eyes focused on telling others about the love of Jesus.
These have been words from the heart.