“The one being unrighteous, let him be unrighteous still; and he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; and he who is righteous, let him practice righteousness still; and he who is holy, let him be holy still.” Revelation 22:11 BSB
There are a select group of Christian individuals who actually believe in the Second Coming of Jesus.
You may disagree with this statement, by thinking there are many Christians who believe in the Second Coming, after all isn’t Jesus’ return one of our basic beliefs?
However I will clarify by addressing the current trend among Believers: Disunity.
There is Disunity in the Home, Disunity in the Workplace, Disunity in Society, and Disunity on a Global level; and we expect this type of dissension based on the Biblical prophecies in Daniel and Revelation.
However, many Christian Believers of the Most High God are also actively involved in Conflict (in some aspect of their life) on a daily basis. Because ongoing conflict is their normal standard, they have brought in and have escalated the level of Disunity in God’s House-His Churches, by initiating “rousing debates.”
Recently I read an article on “How to Argue without Arguing”, written by a Christian husband and wife who are Family counselors. The article reflected therapeutic interventions that I also utilized when working as a nurse in psychiatric settings with my patients. At the end of the article, there was a Bible verse that addressed the importance of harmony and unity.
God has specific guidelines for avoiding all strife among His Believers. If we choose to obey, there are wonderful benefits: Character alignment with Galatians 5:22-23, and we are able to represent Christ’s standards for peace, love, and unity.
Historically dissension has existed since the beginning–Cain against God and Abel. Even the Apostle Paul wrote letters to the Seven Churches regarding Disunity…but He also focused on the amicable and loving relationships that God requires among Believers.
There is an issue with the God relationship when a Believer possesses a Spirit of Strife…Salvation is personal.
There are a select group of Christian individuals who actually believe in and are preparing for the Second Coming of Jesus.
Now the works of the flesh are evident, sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, emnity, Strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21 ESV
“There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit in this place and I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord. Sweet Holy Spirit, Sweet Heavenly Dove, Stay right here with us, filling us with your love. And for these blessings, we lift our voice in praise, without a doubt we know that we have been revived when we shall leave this place.”
Challenge for today: Pray for change!
Prayer for today: Dear God, Many of us who say we are your followers possess an unholy spirit of strife. We ask you to forgive us of our sins, to cleanse us from all unrighteousness and fill us with your Holy Spirit. We desire a complete transformation of our characters, our minds, and our hearts. We look forward to the Second Coming, and Eternal life in the New Heaven and New Earth. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Verse for today: Strive for peace with everyone, and for the Holiness without, which no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 ESV
Sonya Johnson Ruiz