“And those who had set their hearts to seek the LORD God of Israel came after them from all the tribes of Israel to Jerusalem to sacrifice to the LORD, the God of their fathers.”
— 2 Chronicles 11:16
One thing that Christians often fail to do is allow the Word of God to rightly divide between those who are willing to serve God and those who are not.
In all our prayer, pleas, and intercession, we must be careful to not overstep, thereby exhibiting a “grace” or a “love” that God doesn’t intend for us to have. Often we do this in softening the Word of God;, being ashamed of His Word, His Son, His Gospel;, or being ashamed of His severity, rebukes, judgement, or wrath. We must live for the glory of God—but as He says. We should rebuke, divide, and love as He tells us to, and never ever presume we can be more “gracious” than He ever was.
The Word of God rightly divides and we should allow it to! Let us be people of righteousness, dignity, respect, and love, but allow the Word to have its way. For in this those who are truly of Him will gather with us, and those who are not will rightly depart. Don’t try to stem this right flowing—just make sure that you are rightly handling the truth in love.
Remember: friendship with the world is enmity with God. We are called only to friendship with those who fear God. “I am a companion of all who fear you, of those who keep your precepts.” (Psalm 119:63) How mistaken we are to try and get in the way of this natural working of the Word of God! Just as people are mistaken to weaponize the Word for cruelty and pride, so we are mistaken to try and soften it for fear and pride. We should neither cool down nor try to overheat the Word of God; it is already the perfect temperature. “You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you.” (Deut 4:2)