Tuesday, March 26, 2013

God's Sword is a Good Thing

My thoughts have been on Luke 12:51-53 where Jesus gives some very sobering news to the disciples and all those listening. He came not to bring peace to the world but, rather, division. In many ways, that's been a major theme in my life.  Here’s the scripture:

51 “Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division. 52 For from now on five in one house will be divided; three against two, and two against three. 53 Father will be divided against son, and son against father; mother against daughter and daughter against mother; mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

Abba has asked me to remember that Christ is the Light of the World, and light always exposes. The light of Christ in family members saved by His grace will shine boldly upon all those in the household who are unsaved. Their fleshly deeds and attitudes and preferences will starkly contrast those of the spirit-filled Christians in their midst and, friends, that will bring war.

I understand the dynamic of the gospel creating division in families due to the conflicting choices of individuals in my own family. I’m certain many of you reading this right now
have experienced the heartbreak of a family member choosing not to follow Jesus. But, through it all, I believe the most important lesson God draws out of exposure is that of our showing His unconditional love to those who have rejected Him. The most powerful influence for turning to Jesus they can encounter comes through our treating them with persevering love and letting God live His life in front of them, through us.

Personally, if I had never seen God's goodness lived out before me day by day in the life of my mother, I'd never have thirsted for and sought out the living waters His mercy and forgiveness bring through our repentance and submission to His will.  It takes the savory aroma of the Bread of Life hitting the nostrils of unbelievers for them to begin to hunger for the satisfaction and fulfillment only Christ can bring to their lives.
Another encouraging assurance for Christians is that, no matter what, Christ knows His own. Christ CANNOT be deceived by the wiles of the devil. As His beloved, as long as we abide in Him and constantly seek His counsel in all things, we also will not be deceived by any enemy ploy or tactic.
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So if you’re a Christian living with non-Christians, don’t be surprised if war bursts forth in your house. It's really just Daddy in you, forwarding His merciful purpose and plan.
Faithfully, He'll cause you to remember that, in Christ, you are the light of the world, and all lights expose and dispel darkness.

God planned it that way.

Praising Him for His Wisdom Always,
Daddy's Girl

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)