JESUS SAID, "THINK NOT THAT I AM COME TO SEND PEACE ON EARTH: I CAME NOT TO SEND PEACE, BUT A SWORD" (MATTHEW 10:34). HOW CAN THIS BE?
Jesus is called as, "The Prince of peace" in the prophecy of Isaiah (Isaiah 9:6). When the Prince of peace was born as a man in Bethlehem's manger, the angelic choir announced His unfathomable birth to the shepherds saying:
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:14)
Christ came to bring God's peace to us. He came to give us everlasting peace. Sin brought guilt and separation and death. By His spotless life and vicarious death He brought peace and reconciliation between God and man. The apostle wrote:
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)
Peace with God-that is what is most important.
When we are in harmony with God, it brings true peace in our lives. God's Word and His holy law becomes our delight, and in keeping them is great peace, as the psalmist declared:
Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. (Psalm119:165)
There might be a storm around us, but peace will be within us when we have Jesus residing in our hearts. That peace cannot be described in human language; it only has to be experienced. Paul penned it this way:
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
The Scripture is clear throughout, that Jesus has come to give us peace-peace with God, and peace within. But there is a devil around, with his demonic forces; and most of the people on planet earth, too, are on his side. When we leave the fold of Satan and join the fold of God, this lion starts to roar. The devil becomes upset and he makes his displeasure known clearly. He will use all his agents, and all his means as possible, to cause confusion and perplexity, because he is losing a soul from his prison house of sin and death. That is the reason, the Prince of peace said:
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. (Matthew 10:34)
A sword divides. When truth comes into our hearts it causes division. It divides the wheat from the tares. Many of our family members, relatives and friends, who have not understood this divine act of God, start troubling us. They blame the newborn Christian for all the discomfort created in the home and around. Satan makes things worse; it becomes obvious that all this confusion and trouble began after someone has accepted Jesus and His eternal truth. There is division within the family because of the truth, as truth and lie cannot go along together, and light and darkness cannot walk together.
For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? (2 Corinthians 6:14-16)
A child of God will not compromise anymore as he used to. Now there is confusion and misunderstanding and hatred from the other side. Unless the whole family comes to the light, it will be tough.
Truth will remain truth. Compromising is a false testimony, and all who follow Christ according His Word will face division and opposition in their unconverted family circle. Therefore Jesus said:
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. (Matthew 10:35, 36)
Truth divides from error, and at the same time it unites us with the God of truth. Truth brings a sword when the rest of the loved ones are unbelieving. But it also brings in lasting peace in the heart and eternal peace with God. Truth brings hatred to sin and Satan, and brings love to God and His Word. So there is a division caused by truth, and also a unity is caused on the other hand.
Many have left out Christ in their lives because they wanted "peace" to continue in the family. But the "peace" they are talking about is not peace at all. There cannot be true peace without Jesus, the Prince of peace. It is a false peace that is binding them. Jesus warned the ones who think this way:
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. (Matthew 10:37-39)
Peace is precious, more precious than gold. For gold to have its true value it has to go through fire. For peace to be permanent, it has to go through the sword. It will bring in pain that is temporary, but there is eternal and infinite gain!