And he’s doing a pretty good job at it.
The nature of God is love (1 John 4:8). He expects His people to be characterized by love (John 13:34-35). Anything that is not love but it associated with hate is of the devil and not God (1 John 3: 8-15).
The nature ofGod is peace (Phillumenists 4:6-9). He expects His people to be characterized by peace ( Romans 12:14-21). anything that is not of peace but is associated with discord is of the devil and not of God. (James 3:13-18, Proverbs 6:16-19).
The nature of God is unity (Ephesians 4:4-6). He expects His people to be characterized by unity ( 1 Corinthians 1:10, Philippians 4:2). Anything that is not of unity but it associated with division is of the devil and not of God.
The nature of God is truth (Deuteronomy 32:4). He expects His grace people to be characterized by truth (Ephesians 4:15, 3 John 3-4). Anything that is not of the truth but is associated with lies is of the devil and is not of God (John 8:44).
Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat is not the issue here.
Love, peace, unity and truth does not change.
These four divine qualities ought to help us to put what is happening in our culture into perspective. How much of what we see is of God? How much is of the devil? If we allow the things of this world to come into our,Ives , hijack our morals and values and even direct the affairs of our country , it is certain that the devil is behind it and working to divide us.
Here are three dangerous symptoms to guard against:
1. The devil is trying to divide us when we turn inward with fear instead of outward with faith. If the circumstances around us turn our faith into fear, that is not of God ( 2 Timothy 1:7-12). Though the outward circumstances of Christians in earlier times was dreadful , they still “went everywhere preaching the word” ( Acts 8:4). Does that describe us?
2. The devil is trying to divide us when we engage in accusing each other rather than loving them. It is easy perhaps, to allow a “root of bitterness “ to spring up beteeen each other and cause trouble ( Hebrews 12:14-15). But the very same context that warns us to not “bite and devour one another” also commands us “through love to serve one another “ and to “love your neighbor as yourself “ ( Galatians 5:13-15).
The nature of God is love, peace, unity and truth. He expects those same qualities to characterize His children. May God help us to not allow the devil to divide us…ever.
For any country to prevail it has to have love, peace, unity and truth. Not hate, lies, destruction and fear.
Our Father who is in heaven; hollowed be thy name, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.