Apologies to everyone that there wasn’t a Thought in the email yesterday, that was a slip up on my part. Here is yesterday’s thought and today’s
Tuesday Sep 15: Sarah Smith
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges.
Matthew 12 : 25 – 27
Division tears people, communities, groups, and countries apart. Division brings about strife, hurt, and destruction. The impact is amplified when the division is on the inside, as talked about in these verses.
The image I think of is a table with four legs. If two of the legs were to break off, the table would not be able to stand, and would not be able to serve the purpose for which it was created. When we allow divisions to occur in our communities, we lose our identity. We stop being able to function as we were designed to function.
There are so many things in this world which can divide us. There are so many things we can allow to drive a wedge into our communities, which can allow us to lose who we are, and what our purpose in the world is. The challenge is to always come back at the end of the day as community. We can have disagreements, but if we lose sight of who we are, then we can easily become divided, and stop functioning as community.
Prayer: Gracious God, you have created this beautifully diverse world with people who think differently than others. We give you thanks for this beautiful diversity, and yet, there are times we allow that diversity to grow into disagreement and then divisions. Help us to honour each other’s differences, and know that we are all part of the same community which is grounded in love. Amen.
Action: Honour people’s diversity
Wednesday Sep 15: Norman Smith
But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
“Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.
You have to love Jesus because whatever else he displays common sense is right up there. The sheer absurdity to claim that he was actually the chief demon who was doing all these miracles by the power of demons? It is quite amazing to see how far his enemies were willing to go to discredit him. Yet, the further they went with their arguments, the more they themselves were discredited.
There comes a point for all of us when trying to get our point across where we should just stop digging. Ever found yourself in a place where you were determined to stick to your guns even though you knew it was getting more and more absurd? Determination and stubbornness do not go hand in hand with common sense.
Ever heard of the serenity prayer? Here it is:
Prayer: O God and Heavenly Father, Grant to us the serenity of mind to accept that which cannot be changed; courage to change that which can be changed, and wisdom to know the one from the other, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Action: See above!
Matthew 12 : 28 – 29