Cause of Division

In Luke 12: 51 Jesus asks a very interesting question. “Do you think that I have come to bring peace on earth? No I tell you, but rather division.”

For me why would Jesus say he has come to bring division?

I often think people like to hear someone expressing an opinion they agree with however when it is contrary to their beliefs it creates conflict. Jesus challenged the authority of the leader of the synagogue. Their laws and teachings he questioned, did they truly reflect proclaiming God’s Kingdom? Sometimes I wonder if I too get caught up in enforcing the laws without allowing a broader interpretation of the rules that is inclusive of everyone.

Furthermore, do we seek to meet with as many like-minded people because it gives us a stronger voice? A voice due to it’s numbers is listened to more than a lone voice delivering a polarising opinion. Thus a decision has to be made do we state what we truly believe in or hide behind the view of the masses? A dilemma if you don’t agree with masses but maybe fear of reprisals for declaring an opposing perspective.

Likewise, do we pursue other people’s outlooks until we find someone that tells us what we want to hear. Is it because people’s words are conflicting and we want reassurance for our actions. I would rather have the courage of my own convictions and communicating what I truly believe.

Ultimately, we are called to never compromise ourselves but imitate Jesus who never lived in fear of repercussions for his words and actions but inspired communities to build a better world for everyone.

Overcoming Grief

Psalm 34: 18 says:

 “The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in Spirit.”

 Recently I went to the funeral of a friend who died suddenly. I got quite emotional because when someone dies without warning there is never time to say goodbye.

 At first I felt angry seeing her two young sons and husband grieving for the loss of their mother and wife. Why had this happened and what good could possibly come from it?

 For my friend who passed as the ceremony went on my anger subsided as I could see that the people who gathered wanted her memories to be a celebration of her life. A life remembered for kindness and giving which is the cornerstone of every relationship.

 Sometimes I realise it is okay to question situations but more importantly I need to come to an understanding of what actually occurred. Such a consideration helps me comprehend the difficulties I may experience in my life and assist me in focussing on the future.

 Hence it is essential that we celebrate life as I am reminded that it is a gift from God and to be cherished for every special moment and person we meet along the way. They will always continue to live in our memories.