This morning I was visiting with a dear friend who is struggling about loosing a relationship based on a Christian belief. It is the most hurtful feeling in the world and I have been there several times. I nearly always get frustrated and tell God I feel like I'm doing something wrong, because living for Christ should actually draw people to him and not away from him. I always blame myself for saying something wrong, or in a wrong tone, or at the wrong time. I always put the blame on myself when someone has a hard time with Scripture. Especially when I'm the one that says it, and I feel like I lost a soul to heaven because I did it wrong. It's a terrible feeling friends.
BUT THIS MORNING SOMETHING CHANGED! I love when God changes perspective. You'll see me say this a lot. This is what GOD MOMENTS are all about!
Take a look at Matthew 10:34-39 New International Version (NIV)
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn
“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law--
a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.
“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
What does this mean, that Jesus doesn't like peace, and that you will never have it?
ABSOLUTELY NOT....He is peace and He lives in you...He assures you in John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. You see this is one of the million advantages in knowing Christ and asking Him into your heart. His presence in your heart will calm the troubled waters.
He did however come to bring the sword. The sword is the truth and it stirs up a holy dissatisfaction in people. My response to my dear friend was this:
Satan gets in there and deceives us. I stick to God's word because there are things in the world that "make "sense" to me too. Sometimes people need a firm foundation shown to them in the way others live, Otherwise, we will believe anything. Keep sharing the word of God, even though it hurts. Keep your head up. You are loved and loved more. The relationships will mend. Jesus said, I came to turn daughter against mother....what He meant I think is he will cause a holy separation that will draw people to truth, but one will believe and one will struggle. He puts lights in families to draw them all. Way to be a light!.
Friend wether you are the light or you are the one struggling, God is pursuing you and blessing you. He loves you, He is drawing you near, and you are Chosen!
Have a great day!