by Rev Lai Kai Ming
Readings: Mark 12:38-13:13; Proverbs 16:19-2
READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Mark 13:12-13 (NKJV)
Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
How can a gospel of peace and love bring death and hate? Why is there so much at stake, that family members would betray one another unto death? Why can’t we just compromise, tolerate, and allow everyone to live as they desire? The only reasonable explanation is that evil is real, and good will be mercilessly attacked.
Nobody likes to be hated. Surely not me. I don’t even like to be disliked! By nature, I’m peace-loving, and people-pleasing. I avoid conflict, and shun confrontation. But there are times when war is necessary. When false teaching threatens the church. When wolves prowl amongst the congregation. When human agendas seek to supplant kingdom priorities. Yes, evil is real and good can be hated. May I endure to the end, and be saved.
Lord, help me never to choose popularity over honesty, and ego over eternity.