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Luke 12:49-56, Disagreement & Division

Key Verse

‘I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!
— Luke 12:49

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, August 18, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Main Idea: Lasting change comes with disagreements and divisions.

This is a hard text to swallow. I don’t like thinking of Jesus as one who comes to divide. I’m all about unity and collaboration and getting along. But there are times when divisions become necessary. Many of the Jews were working closely with the oppressors from Rome, and things needed to change. Change would not come easily. Many were quite comfortable with their situations. Others suffered because of it. Jesus knew that the only path to lasting change would require soul searching and a willingness to change. Some would be ready. Some would not. And the difference would divide.

In the US, we are living in a heated time when divisions are bubbling to the surface with passion and fire. People are voicing and expressing their opinions, and the volume is rising. And I think it’s good.

Without the conflicts, the disagreements, the heated debates, nothing will ever change. And we are most certainly not living in a perfect world. Things have to change. People on opposing sides from me my have different ideas of what needs to change and how to change it, but we mostly agree the status quo is no longer working. I believe we will come out the other side of this in a better place. We will all have a better understanding of one another. We will be more tolerant and accepting of people unlike us. We will have policy changes that are good for everyone. But until then, we experience the pain of division.

We can take it. Growing pains.


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