Keepers of The Home
Posted: July 17, 2021
Author: Danielle Murphy
Matthew 24:10-13, KJV
“And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”
In the past year, I have observed a severe shaking up of all people, but particularly God’s people. We are being tested just like all of those who have gone before us. We have all been shaken to the core by the events relating to the global pandemic and forced to choose sides. People with whom we used to have fellowship have taken sides which may shock us. The question is: Do we really need to choose sides and shut off that fellowship?
Ever since the beginning of this pandemic and increase of chaos, I have heard in my spirit the warning from Matthew 24 that the love of many will grow cold in the end times. I have taken this to heart and have tread very lightly, yet firmly, in the ways that the Lord has shown me to do so. I have watched people go head long into angry fits of rage and disbelief over the decisions and actions of others. I have seen people allow their differences in opinion to destroy close relationships they had enjoyed and further distance themselves from people they do not know but judge harshly.
The Bible tells us in Matthew 5:9 that blessed are the peacemakers. Notice that it does not say peacekeepers; there is a big difference. Making peace means having those tough conversations and engaging people in an ongoing dialogue. While a peacekeeper would be characterized as someone who quenches a fiery conversation before it erupts, a peacemaker will engage people in tough debates. One stunts growth while the other drives a stake in the ground and shakes hands.
I would like to encourage you today to heed this warning from Matthew 24:10-13 (KJV), “And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Did you notice that having a hateful heart begins with taking offense followed by betrayal? Deception is also a major ingredient in surrendering to a hateful heart. Dear sisters, it is time that we put down the stones we feel we must throw at others and realize that, like those who came to stone the woman caught in adultery that was brought before Jesus, we are all guilty before God. Let us drop our stones and use those hands that were ready to inflict pain to, instead, embrace those around us, speaking the truth in love.
Let us not be cowards and attempt to always keep the peace, but let us engage in those tougher conversations and choose to love others even through our differences. For those who do will be saved. May we endure until the end.