Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Figgis: bearing the sword

Wednesday, December 27, 2023
    Feast of John, Apostle & Evangelist
    [Jesus:] “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
    —Matthew 10:34 (NIV)
    Let us live, then, as Christ’s servants under no delusive dreams; for life will not be easier, but harder, infinitely harder if you are to be His soldiers against sin, the world, and the devil. Embrace if you will the banner of Love, Love flaming, intolerant, revolution incarnate. Follow Christ to joy and to worship, to exultation and to agony. But never for an hour or an instant, never forget—it is not peace, but a sword that you bear and wield.
    ... John Neville Figgis (1866-1919), The Gospel and Human Needs, London: Longman’s, Green & Co., 1911, p. 153-154 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 10:34; 3:10-12; Luke 12:49-53; John 7:43-49; 15:18-19; Acts 13:45-50; 14:1-6; Eph. 6:17; Heb. 4:12; Rev. 1:16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant that I may be true to Your word regardless the cost.
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