“We cannot conquer the world for the Kingdom when we’re at war with ourselves.”
A very long piece about conflict in the world, in the Church, within our fellowships, and within our own hearts. I can relate with this a lot, and to me, it’s still so baffling how we move on when it seems we can’t reconcile, and Jesus said we ought to do just that before presenting our offering to God.
Thanks for sharing your heart on these things, Joel.
Conflict is everywhere, anywhere there are two are more gathered there is potential for conflict. We currently watch the lingering hostilities between the West and Russia unfold into open war in Ukraine, between people of a commonKyivan Rus’ religious and cultural heritage. The reasons are complex (watch this video for a deeper dive) and beyond the scope here.
Nevertheless, the same things that cause wars between nations also lead to schism and splits in the church, and despite the exhortation of St. Paul to make every effort to maintain unity:
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spiritthrough the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father…
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