The three main types of separation are, Holy Ghost mandated separation, Self separation and Mutual separation.
The first recorded “Mutual separation” occurred because of overflowing prosperity.
Genesis 13:2 NKJV
“Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.”
Abram’s nephew Lot was also rich.
Genesis 13:5 NKJV
“Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents.”
The land could not contain their combined wealth.
Genesis 13:6 NKJV
“Now the land was not able to support them, that they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together.”
The shortage of water and pastureland generated conflict.
Genesis 13:7 NKJV
“And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. The Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land.”
Abraham decided to end the strife immediately.
Proverbs 20:3 NKJV
“It is honorable for a man to stop striving,
Since any fool can start a quarrel.”
Abraham proposed a peaceful solution.
Genesis 13:8 NKJV
“So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren.”
Abraham had two pressing reasons to end the strife among his servants and Lot’s servants.
Firstly, they were close relatives, for Lot was Abraham’s nephew.
Secondly, they were surrounded by Canaanites who were observing them. Any fighting amongst them would be a reproach against Jehovah.
Abraham proposed a “Mutual separation.”
Genesis 13:9 NKJV
“Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.”
May you be filled with wisdom and grace to defuse all potential strife. May you be a blessed peacemaker, in Jesus’s name.