Apostle Grace Lubega
Acts 13:45 (KJV); But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.
When Paul speaks of the perils that he faced in his life of ministry, we realize that his greatest critics and persecutors were his fellow brethren the Jews. It was they that beat him up, stoned him, and left him for dead (Acts 14:19).
Paul’s experience is not very far from what the body of Christ faces today. The greatest wars against the Church are not from outside it, they are from within: ministers fighting fellow ministers; sisters fighting sisters, and brothers fighting brothers.
The Christian army is composed of soldiers that have a tendency to turn against each other in battle because they have not understood who their enemy is.
That is how the realm of darkness works. Satan has a way of disguising himself in those that are most ‘godly’; those that consider themselves as the policing force of the Church; those that assume that they are the ‘moral conscience of the body of Christ.’
Entire ministries have been brought crashing down on the rocks of scandal by Christians professing to be ‘cleaning house’ for Christ. Many of these people have no concern for the followers of those ministries who will never return to church again. They do not appreciate the wisdom of Paul when he says, “notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.” (Philippians 1:18).
The Bible says in 1 John 4:8 that those that do not love, do not know God. Always remember that there are things that love cannot do. Regardless of how much one may wrap his actions in self-righteous sentiments, we have to see those acts for what they truly are; darkness trying to appear as light.
FURTHER STUDY: 1 John 4:8, Romans 14:4-13
GOLDEN NUGGET: Those that do not love, do not know God. Always remember that there are things that love cannot do. Regardless of how much one may wrap his actions in self-righteous sentiments, we have to see those acts for what they truly are; darkness trying to appear as light.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this knowledge. Thank You because even as Your Word increases in our day, the distinctions between light and darkness are made clearer. I have chosen the path of love for it is the path of light; to pray for the brethren; to honour those that deserve honour and to love even those that hate me, in Jesus’ name, Amen.