Discord, chaos, conspiracy. All this coming from the leader of our nation. And it seems the leader of an enemy nation has overtaken his quest for power. But who has really overtaken him and his cohort in the White House? The enemy we all know; the father of lies, thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 8:44, 10:10).
This same enemy tempted and betrayed Jesus. (Mark 1:13, 4:15; John 13:27) We know who he is and what he does. We know he works through others (John 13:21-17) and skulks in waiting for an opportune time to strike. (Luke 4:13, 1 Peter 5:8). And those who are led by ego, greed and power are susceptible to the enemy’s grip: his ideology, his theories and his tactics.
Our God sows peace and order and unity; the enemy sows discord, chaos and division. Christ values truth, compassion and grace; the enemy values lies, animosity and retaliation. Our Father offers mercy, restoration and unconditional love; the enemy shows disdain, destruction and hatred.
God is not a God of confusion but of order and peace. For the LORD is God, and he created the heavens and earth and put everything in place. He made the world to be lived in, not to be a place of empty chaos. “I am the LORD,” he says, “and there is no other.” (1 Corinthians 14:33, Isaiah 45:18)
Those of us who follow Christ must be more vocal and more visible. Our first responsibility always is to glorify God and speak of His love and grace. And as Jesus cautioned, the Father seeks people who worship Him in Spirit and truth. (John 4:23-24)
We must see through His eyes, not our own. Our vision is clouded by partiality and agendas; our sight adheres to our own notions of right and wrong. God’s eyes see clearly without blinders, fog or favoritism.
As long as we continue to cling to religious law, doctrine and dogma over love, grace and mercy we will never understand the heart of Jesus, and following that, the heart of the Father. As long as we worship condemnation over Christ we will never allow His love and compassion to work through us to make disciples who accept and honor His love and grace.
God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us…our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. (1 John 4:17-18, The Message)
If we are in fact children of God and followers of Christ, if we remain in the Spirit of God then through His love and grace we become peacemakers (Matthew 5:9), we actively pursue a life of peace in order to build each other up (Romans 14:19).
We are called to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, not anger or discord. (Colossians 3:15) And we remember that in Jesus, although there may be troubles in our life, and chaos around us, we have His peace, which is beyond the world’s understanding. (John 16:33, Philippians 4:7)
To follow Christ is to remain in him, to follow him, to obey his commands. It is not simply a matter of going to church one day a week; it is allowing the Spirit to transform the way we think, the way our heart accepts God’s unconditional love and unreserved grace.
To follow Christ is to allow the Spirit to transform the way our heart reaches out in peace and compassion, the way our mind perceives truth and integrity, the way our mouth speaks in grace and forgiveness, the way our hands offer love and safety.
Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. If you love me, you will keep my commands; you will obey my teaching.” (John 8:31-32; 14:15,23)