In a world of competing interests, values, and visions how can we restore family unity?
Christ spoke to the situation in his time and the tensions within the community and families due to sectarian discord. He concluded that a house divided would not be able to stand, and history bears witness to the resultant disaster for the Jewish community. In our day the situation is equally divisive, and unless we take active steps to counter the effects of the spirit of our time we too will not experience the peace in our families that God intended. If we are stuck in the darkness of contention and conflict, how can we find the path forward? It is through our relationship with God that darkness can be turned to light.
The darkness in the world will create animosity between close relatives, mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, but we should not be following the pattern of the world around us. God’s word does not leave us in ignorance when it comes to the behaviour He expects of his followers, and what makes for peace. He gives us detailed instructions so we can walk in His light and bring healing to those around us.
Keys to unity are to be found in understanding Malachi’s prophecy, and the apostle Paul’s advice about keeping the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Are we responsibly turning the hearts of our children to the fathers, and the fathers to the children? In our families, are we submitting ourselves to each other and to the Lord, according to God’s arrangement of things? Are we in subjection to Christ, imitating Him, and living honourable lives, in order to make the most of our time together as brethren and experience the blessings of family unity.
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