Without The Crucifixion: Part ll
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Without The Crucifixion: Part ll

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since
as members of one body you were called to peace.
Colossians 3:15

Life Question: Without the Crucifixion, would there be peace?

In Part 2 of Soul Conversations continuation of 'Without the Crucifixion'
we look at Matthew 10:34-36 telling us about the sword that would pit
father against son, daughter against her mother, daughter-in-law against
her mother-in-law. Even today there is division among neighbors, friends
and even co-workers. The sword being the division between these groups
of people with their belief, or lack of belief in Jesus Christ.
What must it have been like to live during that time as a believer of Jesus
among family and friends? Neighbors even?
Those who followed Him endured horrific abuse and torture, they endured
mocking and ridicule from all who knew them.  So why did they continue to
follow Him instead of just leaving Him?  They knew something about Jesus Christ
their unbelieving loved ones did not.....
That true lasting peace can only rest in a relationship with Jesus Christ.  The world
gives us limited peace, but the peace Jesus gives us is LIMITLESS!!!
We have peace with and in Jesus Christ when:
1) We claim him as our Lord and Savior.
2) We entrust our lives COMPLETELY to Him.
3) We realize and understand that he has a plan for every one of us and all
we need to do is let Him work in our lives to show us what that plan is.
4) We read His Word that reveals to us the promises that he has for our lives.
5) We take our broken, imperfect selves and let him make us new again.
In closing, I invite all of us to meditate on these points as we continue to
ponder what peace we would experience 'Without the Crucifixion.

Liz Ciccone

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