Friday, January 7, 2011

Follow Peace

Gen 13:7 And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram's livestock and the herdsmen of Lot's livestock. The Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land.
Gen 13:8 So Abram said to Lot, "Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren.
Gen 13:9 Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left."

There was strife, not between Abram and Lot, but between those who cared for their cattle, sheep and goat herds. There were too many animals in one place. Strife, arguing, anger and loud voices were heard among the herds. Was this just a silly dispute? Perhaps and one that could be worked out peacefully.

Abram and Lot were men of God. Abram was called by God, led by faith to a new land. God's people are called out of their worldly life and called to a better place. A place where God dwells with men.

Heb 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Abram and Lot were ambassadors of God to those who were watching them. Abram was a peacemaker, he gave Lot his choice of land for his flocks. Abram would not dwell together with strife. The people around them were watching and listening. The Canaanites and the Perizzites dwelt in the land. When we come together with God's people we are not to quarrel or make strife, because others are watching. Maybe someone seeking God will be in a chat room and be confused and disheartened by the quarreling and strife. They should find peace and be shown the way to God through Jesus Christ. Sometimes it is the false Christians, the wolves who are causing the strife. Separate from them unto your own place. Do we bring with us strife or peace and life?

Heb 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

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