14 Aug

160814“I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed!  Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided: father 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 mother-in-law.” He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, ‘It is going to rain’; and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat’; and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time? (Luke 12:49-56, NRSV)

I did not come to bring peace, but division…

Not really the image of Jesus we think of when we think of one who came and showed us how to love. But if you think about it, that is what love will do.

When we love all as Jesus did it will cause division. Because some will not understand the love that God has shown and gives to all.

We see love as something that is earned, but God loved us even while we were covered in our sin. He loved us before we deserved it.

His love is what brought us to Him. And it is that love we were shown by Jesus and what Jesus asks us to show others.

So show His love to everyone, and allow the division to happen, because that is what will bring us all to Him.


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