when passion divides


devotional post # 1,987

Luke 12:49-53

Luk 12:49 “I have come to bring fire on the earth– and how I wish it were already kindled!
Luk 12:50 I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is finished!
Luk 12:51 Do you think I have come to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!
Luk 12:52 Because from now on there will be five in one household divided, three against two and two against three.
Luk 12:53 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.”

when passion divides

When I was a kid, my family was passionate about American football. We loved to watch the high-school and professional games, and even talking about football entertained us — particularly because our family was divided between those loyal to the Miami dolphins and the Dallas Cowboys.

Religious loyalty divides people all over the world today, and Christianity did not change that. In fact, Jesus predicted that choosing his kingdom would divide families. It stands to reason, because anything that you are passionate about can be a source of conflict.

LORD, we do not want unnecessary conflict with others, but we do want to stand for you and your kingdom.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary who now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. If your church or small group would like to hear Jeff speak, you can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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