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Yet Another Troubling Statement by Jesus

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Never lose hope. When rejected, hope, pray, and love. Someday, they may believe too.

“For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household” (Matthew 10:35–36).
Today’s verse is probably very troubling to read. Christ said, “Look, when I come, you’re going to see a son set against his father, a daughter become an enemy of her mother, even a daughter--in-law set against her mother-in-law.” (Well, the last one is not too hard to believe.)

Was Jesus advocating that someone who becomes a Christian become a troublemaker in the home? No, of course not. What Jesus was telling us is that when a person comes to Christ within a family of unbelievers, the unbelievers are probably going to be unhappy about that decision and possibly even reject the believer. Why? Because they feel the new Christian is claiming to have the truth and declaring that everyone else in the family is wrong. There will be natural divisions in the family, often including anger toward and rejection of the Christian member.

If you are in this situation, Jesus wants you to realize that it is not you being rejected; it is Christ Himself. Jesus will help carry the hurt you feel from this misdirected rejection. And never lose hope. When rejected, hope, pray, and love. Someday they may believe too.

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