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Jeremiah 35
I have sent you prophet after prophet to tell you to turn from your wicked ways and to stop worshiping other gods, so that you might live in peace here in the land I gave to you and your ancestors. But you would not listen to me or obey.
The families of Recab have obeyed their ancestor completely, but you have refused to listen to me.'

PRAY FOR ME! I am doing a lesson in our cell group on Friday evening about “the shoes of Peace”, part of the armor of God.

Ephesians 6
And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.

PEACE. We will ONLY experience it if we yield to the Lord, listen to His Word, repent, and invite the Spirit to indwell and govern our lives.

Jeremiah 36
Perhaps the people of Judah will repent if they see in writing all the terrible things I have planned for them. Then I will be able to forgive their sins and wrongdoings."

God paid for salvation in the Lord Jesus. In fact, that the Father no longer counts sins against them! However, without repentance, they cannot receive forgiveness!

2 Corinthians 5 (Amplified)
It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor).

I Timothy 5
But those who won't care for their own relatives, especially those living in the same household, have denied what we believe. Such people are worse than unbelievers.

I admit that I am still seeking the Lord about how to understand loyalty to family and loyalty to Jesus. TRUE PEACE is rooted in ALWAYS putting the Lord Jesus FIRST, serving Him out of love and worship.

COMPARE what the Holy Spirit said in I Timothy 5:8 with the reality of what the Lord Jesus said in Matthew 10 (Amplified):
Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
For I have come to part asunder a man from his father, and a daughter from her mother, and a newly married wife from her mother-in-law—
And a man's foes will be they of his own household.
He who loves [and takes more pleasure in] father or mother more than [in] Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves [and takes more pleasure in] son or daughter more than [in] Me is not worthy of Me;

As I try to understand how to put these two passages together, I come up with this:
a. God always calls us to truly love our relatives, but ALWAYS to love the Lord Jesus MORE.

b. Even if our family is against us, or disowns us, as we follow the Lord Jesus, we are ALWAYS called to find ways to provide for them.

“As far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.”

Proverbs 25
"If the godly compromise with the wicked, it is like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring."

This verse makes me realize that we need to take great care about the deep friendships we have and the people we marry. If we make a covenant with these friends or with a spouse, we will pollute our lives!

1 Corinthians 15 (Amplified)
Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character.

2 Corinthians 6 (Amplified)
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers [do not make mismated alliances with them or come under a different yoke with them, inconsistent with your faith]. For what partnership have right living and right standing with God with iniquity and lawlessness? Or how can light have fellowship with darkness?
What harmony can there be between Christ and Belial [the devil]? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?
What agreement [can there be between] a temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God; even as God said, I will dwell in and with and among them and will walk in and with and among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.


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