Sticks And Stones

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A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household!
Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. Matthew 10:24-25;34-36

Derision and disagreement is inevitable for Christians because we are part of a cosmic conflict that is bigger than us. As a disciple or learner of Jesus, we can expect people to call us bad names and malign our character. They called Him a devil. For some, the conflict will be so pointed, the ostracism could come from their own loved ones. Knowing it could be a reality helps us prepare to be gracious, loving and proactive in our interactions.

Am I prepared for the difficulties involved in following Jesus?

God, I am so thankful that in Your Providence I have received very little animosity for my faith. Should it come, may I respond with love and kindness.

Continuing with the Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards: 68. Resolved, to confess frankly to myself all that which I find in myself, either infirmity or sin; and, if it be what concerns religion, also to confess the whole case to God, and implore needed help. July 23 and August 10, 1723. (Interesting that he resolved this on two separate days)

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