This is tough

This is tough

Luke 12: 49-53 ““I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed! Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, 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 daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

 

Remember what John the Baptist said of Jesus: I baptise with water; he will baptise with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Fire purifies. It judges. It separates.  Similarly Jesus’ baptism is a fire that separates us from sin. It is because of this separation that causes more disturbance than peace. The Gospel divides when it encourages conversion and calls for people to be living differently.

The Gospel is not a nice message of peace. It disturbs. It is a message that shakes us from complacency. It divides even families.

The other day some parents told me with sadness how their daughter no longer walks with the Lord and how they feel estranged from her.

The Gospel is a tough message.

Until Jesus returns the gospel will cause division between believers and non-believers.

That’s how it is. If there is no difference then there is no gospel.

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