Women of the Word: Chloe

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Chloe is a woman mentioned by Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:11. Besides her name, which means “green herb”, we don’t know anything else about her. Since Paul was informed by some from her household that there were divisions among Corinthian Christians, we can assume that she herself was a Christian and showed hospitality toward Paul and his Gospel work. We can further assume that she was not among those brothers and sisters who quarreled.

1 Corinthians 1:10, 11 reads:

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. My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you.

1. Chloe was a woman of peace. Chloe and those in her household knew that God wanted His people to live, work, and worship together in unity and love. When they saw that divisions and quarrels were taking place among some of their Christian brothers and sisters, they informed Paul, who quickly reprimanded them and appealed to them to be perfectly united in mind and thought.

Christ, our Perfect Example, is also called the Prince of Peace. Peace should be a hallmark of every Christian’s life. We should be at peace with God, at peace with ourselves, and at peace with others. When we see others who are in disagreement, we should strive to help them also come to peace with the situation they are in and with the people they are around.

Even if we do disagree with someone, we can agree to disagree. Instead of fussing over what divides us, we can focus on and celebrate the things that unite us. Our similarities should trump our differences, and the non-essentials should not hinder us from being of a singular mind about the essentials. R. Alan Woods said, “Unity despite diversity is exactly what defines Christianity as distinct from and antithetical to all other religious belief systems.”

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