When a family is presented with the gospel, some believe and some do not. This brings division. This also brings deep sorrow of heart. This has been true in my life. It was true when I was born again. It is true today, almost thirty years later. (As I review this post, in January 2018, it is still true.)
Matthew 10:34-36 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
Luke 12:51-53 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
John Wesley’s Notes:
The father against the son. For those who reject me will be implacable (irreconcilable) toward their very nearest relations who receive me. At this day also is this scripture fulfilled. Now likewise there is no concord between Christ and Belial.
Psalm 45:10-11 Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house; So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.
Ephesians 4:17-18 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
1 Peter 4:2-4 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
Psalms 69:19-20 Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonor: mine adversaries are all before thee. Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.
2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
In all our trials in this life we are not alone …
Psalms 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Keep the faith …
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Our real family …
Matthew 12:47-50 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
Parents, brethren, child, in the flesh,
Same family we do share,
God’s Word, His Sword, came to our clan,
Dividing wheat and tare.
The nearest, dearest, ones we love,
Now keep quite far away,
But pray we will, and not give up,
They’ll join with us one day.
The sword is real, though not of steel,
It separates in two,
Those who believe, and those who don’t,
It’s left for us to choose.
Do we love them, oh yes we do,
But Christ we love much more,
If we turn back, once truth be known,
He’ll one day shut the door.
It was foretold, in days of old,
This way that it would be,
For those of us, who love the Lord,
Who choose to follow thee.
It’s plain that if we silent kept,
And never did we speak,
So many lost relationships,
Would still be ours to keep.
We preach of sin, and saving grace,
Repent, believe, we say,
These words are what upsets them most,
They tell us, go away!
My hands are clean, I’ve done my job,
Misunderstood I’ve been,
My great concern, without the Lord,
They will die in their sin!
Cathy White 2007 ©
Matthew 10:36-38 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.