Philippians 1:27-28 "Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God."
*When division strikes a company, a family, or a church, God expects His chosen ones, the true Christian saints, to "stand firm" and not allow the chaos of the moment to affect their spiritual or physical condition. It is during these times of divisive behavior, back-biting and gossip, and a host of other evils from Satan himself, that tries a man's soul and weeds out the true Christian from the worldly one. Paul reminds us to "conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ." In other words, God expects the believer to be the big person, to seek peace when possible, and to be willing to break fellowship with people following the darkness when necessary. Conducting ourselves with wisdom and love is a must when situations get rough and ugly.
*When there is division among people, God calls those who follow the truth to not waver from the truth. Never give into people who are acting evil for the sake of getting along. This is not love, but rather, it is foolishness. It is rewarding bad behavior and is not a Christian thing to do. We are to follow the "one Spirit", the Holy Spirit of God, revealed to us through the Holy Scriptures, the Word of God, which is the heart, mind, and soul of Jesus Christ. When division occurs, it can tax every part of your being. Yet God says we are to "strive together" with like-minded people. We are to find the truth and hold to it when lies and deception are thrown at us like arrows from Satan. This implies to never give up on God. People will let you down, but God never will. We are to keep our eyes focused on the "faith of the gospel" which will anchor your heart and mind during times of conflict.
*How do you know if you have won or lost this fight? We find the answer in the words "without being frightened". Conflict between people can be a very scary thing. Sometimes it can escalate into character assassination and even lawsuits. Satan wins when those who hold to the truth allow evil to scare them. Jesus tells us to "fear not". He said this so many times while on the earth for a reason. He knew fear was from the enemy and faith was from God. They are opposite spiritual conditions. When you are following the truth, people "will oppose you". Sometimes those you trusted the most will do this to you. In those cases, keep your eyes on Jesus and not the conflict. Paul ends this point with the words "they will be destroyed but you will be saved". Rest in the truth and know God will judge every evil perpetrated against you for following Jesus.