Now we have war, hate and contention. We turn to Revelations 6:3-4, ["... 3And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. 4And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword...] And this is the origin of disaster in on the earth and in human relationships. When the lie takes root Satan has permission from God to break up a fellowship, cause hate and dissention in a group. And there is just no peace. We turn to the Matthew 24:6 Parallel on this subject, ["... 6And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet...] Now why is there war in the middle east and or anywhere else. Surely thier thoughts are not focused on Jesus and his word. And we begin to worship other gods and follow them. Jesus said that because such wickedness should and will abound the love of many would wax cold. Let search for that, ["...7For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. 10And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another...], finally, ["... 12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold...] But it all start we the decievers who start and get the fire going. The fact of the matter is that God will not let peace and tranquility reign where lies have taken nest. Then troubles rise for no reason and there are short tempers. People you love do obnoxious thing to make stumble and withdraw from them. And the devils know what Jesus said, "By this will all men know that you are my decipiles if you have love for one another..." The devil knows that if he can bring a lie into the house, then God will allow him to break up that communion with the demons he brings with him and the gospel is not preached... Quite clever of the wily one. And that's why deceiver have to come for open trouble to rise in the earth. And this happens when we close our bibles and start inventing plausible sounding philosophies to stumble the most meticulous theologian who does not rely entirely on the word of God but makes room for even a little, the gospel according to someone...And its curious that most marriages break up when they forget the promises made to God when they got married and or even the secular official who sets the term of peace for the marriage to be legal... And when we forget our devotion to our Lord and take time off and go our way and whim, then comes the trouble and the hurt and the discontent with what ever and with whom. We've spoken before that the cross sustains relationships with God and with each other. Ephesians 4:32. But when we forget the truth about our fallen nature and how we need to forgive and be forgiven then the trouble starts and the cross of Jesus is distant and contention near... May you be blessed. Please pray for me and all of us. Amen. thbg
And when we have error we have contention to what is right and who is right! Even amongst ourselves we are ajar in our fellowship because we can not see eye to eye on matters. And the problem it that we cannot reconcile truth with error. And this contention is not good for anyone or for the gospel. The clever devil does it away again, divide brothers and sister in the Lord. We just pray that God bring reconcilliation with his grace, so that the gospel can continue...
But the truth of the matter is that it didn't have to be this way, this contention. God word says that if we have fellowship with Jesus, we have fellowship with each other. The truth of Jesus reveals that I'm not at all superior or greater than anyone I ever met and that mean anyone. Yes some have more serious problems than others, is that what I believe and give me
comfort the falleness of my fellow?! But nothing can be further from the truth and those who oppose us need more love from us than anybody else because we too do not know what it took God to see my sin upon the cross. Ephesians 4:32. And it is tasteless to welcome everyone, but what a releif the peace brings. We did not have to argue, nor did I have to exalt
myself and thought of myself more highly than I should. I avoid many things in the cross of Jesus and greatest value is that I won't have to answer for my fallen nature and I know I don't have to keep score on who is more righteous?!, my neighbor or myself?!...
Many blessings. Chow!