Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. Luke 12:51
Peace is something most people all over the world desire, but do not know how to attain it. Every where a person goes there appears to be conflict and division.
It is commonly thought that believers will bring about peace around the world. Yet this is not seen.
Many thought Jesus was bringing peace to the world, but Jesus said He was bringing division on the earth.
Between man and God, Jesus did make a way to have peace. However, between people, Jesus brought division.
Jesus taught that to love Him or God, one has to obey God. Every believer must do what God says first and foremost in every thing that he does. Doing this will often cause division among people.
People like to be in control and have things done their way. When someone refuses to do it their way, it causes division.
The ways of God are much different than the ways of man. Division occurs when one begins to follow the ways of God, rather than the ways of man.
This division starts with dividing against the world. It will then increase to division in the family. One family member, who is a believer, will not act in the same way as another, because of Jesus, causing division.
Some members of a family will not understand or agree with the whole-hearted decision to follow Jesus. Their eyes are still on the ways of this world, not on God.
Those who believe in Jesus and are following Him with their whole heart, will bring division to those who are not truly following Him. One is living by God’s holy standards, while the other is living by the standards of the world.
As you commit your life to God and follow Him, there will be some family members who will oppose you. As a believer, your first priority is to obey and follow Jesus, not other family members or this world.
Always seek to obey God. In doing so, seek to bring others to Him and raise them up to His standard of living. Do not allow yourself to be brought down to the standards of this world by family members who are not sold out to God.
You have a choice as to who you will follow, this world or God. Your choice can cause division.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow Jesus with all of your life; that you will obey God in all He says; and that you be a witness of what God desires.