I had a very interesting weekend and by all accounts quite enjoyable. However, it never fails that principalities against God’s will, that being peace and unity is confronted with an otherwise disengaged event, which only serves to disrupt the joy in the spirit that God desires us to have. In my case after considerable thought as to what I might learn from this encounter, I relate it to several scriptures which help to remind me that throughout this journey, in the same way God uses us as vehicles to build His kingdom here on earth, the enemy attempts to use God’s creation to break it down. Yes, even within the “church” meaning the body of Christ, we must always be conscious of being under attack. One cunning strategy is the use of scripture to justify adverse behavior. It is not only important to know the word of God but to study it. Most times it makes sense to simply walk away from what seems to be a misinterpretation or misunderstanding of the scripture. Other times for the purpose of the Gospel, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, you will need to stand firm and having done all that you could do, give it over to God and then move on in peace.
Matthew 4:5-7 Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, “He will command his angels concerning you”, and “On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.” ’ Jesus said to him, ‘Again it is written, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” ’
Romans 12:9-21 If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
Matthew 18:15 ‘If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one.
Matthew 5:23-24 So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.