Division

June 7, 2017

 

“The very word symbolos in Greek means “to throw two things together.” Interestingly, the opposite of symbolos in Greek is diabolos, which means “to divide…God does not dwell where there is division and anger…Flee from divisions, as the beginnings of evils.” (Fr Stephen Freeman, St. Ignatius of Antioch)

 

“Division among God’s people gives Satan a tremendous advantage in conquering our usefulness, joy and peace. The destructive influence of murmuring, contentious words must be exchanged for words that produce confidence in Christ and encouragement to His people.” (Joseph Stowell)

 

“There is too much rhetoric today that is divisive. Politicians of all kinds are constantly tearing each other down in the media. Everyday people use social media to trash each other mercilessly, writing things they would never say to someone’s face. Christ unites and the devil divides. Christ said if you are not with Him you are against Him. Each one of us needs to pay constant and close attention to our own rhetoric with a high degree of self-awareness so we can truly see whose side we are on.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

 

 

“We observe how the Lord often focuses attention on our disdain for one another. We encounter this common attitude in ourselves every day…the Lord teaches that such disdain puts us “in danger of hell fire” (Mt 5:22). Whenever there is antipathy, disdain, or anger in our hearts, reconciliation with God is our foremost need, followed by reconciliation with our brother (vss. 23-26).” (OCPM 6/7/2017)

 

 

“Racial, social, and gender distinctions that so easily divide in no way hinder a person from coming to Christ in order to receive His mercy. All people equally can become God’s heirs and recipients of His eternal promises (Galatians 4:5–7).” (Foundation Study Bible, Galatians 3:28)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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