What is our best response to division/contention? Within our family, church, society?
There is something about society (not just today, but even "back then") that enjoys division, animosity, and confrontation. We like to focus on our differences. Really it's easier to see our differences than it is to find and focus on what brings us together... what truly matters.
In his letter to the church in Corinth, Paul is laying the foundation for how we are to deal with division within the church...and an example for how "the Church" is to deal with division within society.