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A Prayer for When Jesus Brings a Sword to Your Relationships
By Emily Rose Massey

“Don’t suppose that I’ve come to carry peace to the earth. I’ve not come to carry peace, however a sword. 35 For I’ve come to set a person towards his father, and a daughter towards her mom, and a daughter-in-law towards her mother-in-law” (Matthew 10:34-35, ESV).

Just a few months in the past, a polarizing subject got here on the scene right here in America, which created lots of strife and rigidity on social media (what else is new?). Because it was a subject that I’m very keen about, I made a decision to share my very own private ideas concerning the monumental information. As a Christian, my worldview is filtered by a biblical lens. This needs to be the case for all professing Christians, however sadly, that’s not all the time true in our present society. Many are making a Christianity (and Jesus) to their very own liking that enables them to proceed to embrace worldly ideologies and philosophies that make them really feel higher about themselves. However within the gospels, Christ assures us that if we attempt to cling onto our life, we are going to lose it. If we wish to maintain onto the world, we are going to inevitably lose our soul.

My sturdy biblical convictions had been met with a lot animosity amongst a few of my buddies (some unbelievers and a few professing Christians). Two shut buddies from my previous specifically, instantly “unfriended” me on Fb as a result of they grew to become extraordinarily offended by my place on this controversial subject, though I’ve expressed my views on it earlier than. That is anticipated as a Christian. We all know that we are going to lose a lot as a Christ-follower. It’s one thing we sometimes put together ourselves for early on in our stroll. However I’ve been a Christian for fourteen years. 

For no matter motive, these two buddies couldn’t tolerate my convictions and needed me out of sight and out of thoughts. The scenario with one buddy harm worse contemplating it was friendship with deep historical past of greater than twenty-five years; We had made numerous recollections collectively since grade-school and she or he was the maid of honor in my marriage ceremony. I reached out to her and she or he responded along with her disgust with my Christian beliefs (in comparison with her personal) and offenses however was radio silent to my plea to reconcile regardless of our opposing views, particularly our differing views inside Christianity and concerning the Bible. Her silence was loud and clear that she not needed to stroll in fellowship with me and was prepared to throw twenty-five years of friendship away on a whim. If somebody isn’t prepared to be Fb buddies with you, do we expect they really need you of their life in any respect? The reply was made fairly evident for me. 

But, I wasn’t anticipating to must face such a division in my friendships this a few years later as a believer; I used to be confronted with the exhausting actuality that Jesus’ phrases in Matthew 10 had been unfolding in my life. Though Jesus is talking of household notably in verses 34-35, the sentiment stays the same- Jesus has come to carry a sword to {our relationships} that attracts a line within the sand between those that love and observe Him and those that don’t. 

“Don’t suppose that I’ve come to carry peace to the earth. I’ve not come to carry peace, however a sword. 35 For I’ve come to set a person towards his father, and a daughter towards her mom, and a daughter-in-law towards her mother-in-law” (Matthew 10:34-35, ESV).

Later on this passage, Christ makes it clear that we should love Him greater than anybody or something, even our personal life. We should lay all of it all the way down to observe Him in any respect prices, however He guarantees life abundantly to those that sacrifice all to pursue Him and His methods. 

It is in occasions like these when I’m damaged and dissatisfied and harm the place I discover myself throwing my arms up and say, “Simply give me Jesus.” He’s the One who brings us hope as an anchor to our souls, protecting us tethered to Him and His fact when our coronary heart feels prefer it’s falling aside on the seams due to the ache of rejection.

He involves our rescue and embraces us in our ache, even when the circumstances do not change, even when the struggling would not appear to finish, and even when the connection can’t be or refuses to be reconciled. He involves our rescue and is there with us, directing our eyes heaven-ward, reminding us this place shouldn’t be our house and that His methods are so significantly better. He might carry a sword to divide relationships on this life, however a relationship with Him is a lot sweeter and extra rewarding than something we may ever expertise right here on earth. As we flip our again on the world, it is going to undoubtedly flip its again on us. Allow us to raise our eyes the place our Assist comes from and search Jesus within the midst of our loss, figuring out there will likely be nice acquire present in Him.

Matthew 10:34

Let’s pray:

Father God,
I do know I’m accepted within the Beloved. I do know You might be close to to the broken-hearted. I do know following Christ is a name to die. I do know I will likely be hated for His namesake. And I do know He has come to carry a sword and asks us to like Him greater than anybody or anything. However the ache of rejection nonetheless hurts a lot. Are you able to carry therapeutic to my coronary heart and endow me with Your grace to endure the tough occasions that come from following You? Thank You for Your overwhelming love and for coming to my rescue after I cry out to You. I do know that despite the fact that I expertise loneliness, I’m by no means actually alone for You might be all the time with me. Regardless of how a lot it value, I select to pursue You and Your methods above all. This world has nothing for me. I’ll observe You.
In Jesus’ identify, amen.

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headshot of Emily MasseyEmily Massey started writing brief tales and poetry as a bit of lady, entered the running a blog world in her early 20s, and revealed her first guide in 2015. She enjoys being a stay-at-home momma whereas nonetheless with the ability to pursue her ardour as a author. Believing she has been forgiven a lot, she loves a lot, and needs to level others to Christ and His redemptive and remodeling energy, particularly by sharing fact present in God’s written phrase. If you want to attach with Emily, you’ll be able to go to www.emilyrosemassey.com

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