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A different kind of war – but its war nonetheless

 

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Here we are, followers of Christ who have now become strangers in the land we were born in and refugees without a place to call our real home.  We have one task and only one task to ensure our safety and our honour – abstain from the passions of the flesh that wage war against our soul.

Incredible, but we do not see it as war – we see it as choice and we see it as something personal.

However, when the non-followers of Jesus speak against us in one way or another we have only one saving grace – they will see our good deeds and our good character, principled as they are, and hopefully recognize God in us.

For instance, how we interact with our boss, even when they are not around.  Are we submissive with respect regardless if they are kind and gentle or obnoxious and rude? How we talk about our governments – city, provincial, federal – regardless of whether we think they are good or bad.  What about our in-laws, do we describe them as outlaws?  From personal experience – how do we treat our own brothers and sisters or parents – oh how I have heard excuses of why it is appropriate to follow the passions of our flesh instead of our soul.

You see, we can actually live as one who is free, it is not for freedom sake that we use it as an excuse to do what we know we should not be doing. Yet we somehow believe it.

Can we honour all people, can we love those in the Church, can we hold God in awe, can we respect those in authority?  If not, then the war is on and our walk with Jesus becomes a little bit more chaotic until we come to a place where what we want does not matter as much as what Jesus wants.  What He wants is to give us life and to give it to us abundantly – why do we not want that?

 

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“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emman′u-el” (which means, God with us)." Matthew 1:23 RSV

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