A verse that is needed for everyone right now. Beware family,
“I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.”
The race baiting and discord sowing I’ve seen online is more than ever before. We are brothers and sister in Christ. Don’t forget that. No matter what colour of skin you are. No matter where you fall on the political line. Christ’s greatest commands are to love God and love each other. If you have love for all people, not just your own, that’s the love He calls us to in loving even our enemies. If they are in Christ, be known by that love you give. If they aren’t then at least pray for them. Although I would encourage you to do more for them so to win them over to Christ.
I’ve seen high ranking politicians, well known celebrities, sought after pundits, political analysts, major influences, news reporters, all use the current chaos to their own gain and agenda. Do not give into the temptation to divide by any line that is not Christ! Black or white, left or right, what we are to focus on is God and Heavenly things! God hates those who sow discord. We disagree? Let it be Peace. We agree? Let it be Love.
And I exhort the Church here. We are failing. We are not known by the love we give. So if we fail to be that Light, what hope is there to follow but in darkness? So many people will never open the four books of the Gospel. There is a fifth that they will open. The testament of you living in the Faith and their encounter with you as an image of Christ. Have you looked across at a brother or sister in Christ, saw Christ in them, and served them as such? Have you looked across at a sinner, and saw yourself in them, when you were still in sin, and gave them the Mercy that Christ gave to you? I have failed. I am guilty. I have not lived up to be worthy to follow Him.
So I encourage all of us, this Pentecost season, to have a renewal of heart, to be transformed that you no longer live as yourself, but as One who has died to Christ and now lives in Him. I challenge us to Step into the breach, step into this great divide of chaos, and be that Love we are to be known by and reflect it upon others who are also made in His image so we should see as the Christ we serve. Al tira, do not fear for we have already died. He has conquered our sin and our death, and we live in Him now and for eternity. Shalom to all.