Bro. Baker's devotion:
Good morning brethren
Sometimes the hardest thing you will ever have to do, is to have to see someone whom you love much, leave your fellowship over a disagreement caused by a third party. Knowing that if there had not had to be a choice made because of the unintended consequences of the strength of "affections" that arose, this person, or sometimes even a whole family, might have been able to continue in the joy of a close fellowship , just as it always had been. Woe to the person, or people, who help sow a matter that strains the cords of unity between two people who have always found joy in their relationship one with another, till someone, because of sin or unbelief forced one of the parties to make a choice of "blood" or Brotherhood. Our Lord said that many of us would have to make that heart rending decision if we wanted to keep our relationship as being his disciples.
" Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." (Matt. 10:34-39)
We have a tendency to think that this is spoken to prepare us for the choice of Salvation and the opposition that comes from our "kin", but I will assure you that the time may come when you will realize that these heart rending situations can apply to your "spiritual family" as well. And sometimes that can be just as hard as ever it was to be separated from your natural family.
" From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away ?" (John 6:66-69)
Brethren, whoever will threaten your relationship with the Lord and his Word, by causing you to make a choice between Them and your discipleship, Take a Good Long Look at Where They Are, because in the end, You will be eating at Their table, Fellowshipping with Their gods too. The fact that it was "Them" that caused you to " leave" your real love in the first place, is proof enough that "They aren't worth it". They will never be satisfied till you are "far away from the Words that made you a disciple in the first place, it may be" Gradual " in the beginning, but in the end, they'll have your" back to the light ", facing in the opposite direction.
Lord bless you children