Sunday, November 4, 2018

FIGHTING IS NOT OF THE KINGDOM CULTURE

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John 18:36 (KJV)
Jesus answered, my kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.



In the kingdom of this world, servants fight for their masters and even fight among themselves. But in the kingdom of God, it is not so.

Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for wound, and stripe for stripe (Exodus 21: 24-25) was the order of the day before the arrival of the kingdom of God. The order was changed when the kingdom of God arrived.

Matthew 5:38-39 (KJV), “Ye have heard that it hath been said, an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, that ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

Every kingdom has its culture which determines what is generally acceptable or not acceptable for its citizens. In the kingdom of God, fighting and violence is not our culture.

This was said of Jesus in Matthew 12:18 (KJV), “He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.” He is our master and Lord and we are to be like him (Matthew 10:25).

Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

Go into today remembering that fighting and strife is alien to our kingdom culture. ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God’(Matt 5:9).
— Dr. Emmanuel James

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