S: “Don’t think I’ve come to make life cozy. I’ve come to cut—make a sharp knife-cut between son and father, daughter and mother, bride and mother-in-law—cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God. Matthew 10:34-37 (MSG)
O: When I read this, I cannot help but think of 2 Corinthians 2:15-16 (in the NIV), “For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life.”
A: There will be division – very black and white/darkness and light. It will be evident who is following Jesus and who is not.
So I must ask my own heart, am I with Jesus or not? Do my words and actions reflect a life devoted to Him and His teaching? Do I speak truth from God’s Word, or do I say with what is comfortable and acceptable?
“This is a terrific responsibility. Is anyone competent to take it on? No—but at least we don’t take God’s Word, water it down, and then take it to the streets to sell it cheap. We stand in Christ’s presence when we speak; God looks us in the face. We get what we say straight from God and say it as honestly as we can.” 2 Corinthians 2:17-17 (MSG)
I want to be a good steward of everything Jesus has entrusted to me. Even delivering the truth of His Word.
If I stay close to You, Jesus, if I learn from You (watch how you do it), I can see how EVERYTHING You did (and do), You do from a place of love. There is no ulterior motive. It’s just LOVE. And I must do the same.
“If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (MSG)
Because, You are Love. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love,” John 4:7-8 (ESV). This division is not one to be feared, but embraced. Because with Your Sword, You cut off that which is of the world, and free me for God. And In Him, I find love.
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35 (NIV)
P: Jesus, I chose You. No matter what, I chose You. Help me to be strong and courageous for Your namesake – to help set others free, too. Help me to LOVE as You love, so they will LOVE you, too. God, please help us. We need You. Save us from ourselves.
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