It’s clear to see that Evan and his brother don’t meet eye-to-eye very often!
Reference: ‘This is what the Lord says: Do not go up to fight against your fellow Israelites. Go home, every one of you, for this is my doing.’ ” So they obeyed the words of the Lord and turned back from marching against Jeroboam. (2 Chronicles 11:4 NIV)
Explore: My friend, Evan, has a brother who is his total opposite. While Evan dedicated himself to school and extracurricular activities, his brother was too cool and only just scraped through.
Evan is easy going, friendly and will go out of his way for anyone. His brother is surly, arrogant and only thinks of himself.
It’s clear to see that Evan and his brother don’t meet eye-to-eye very often! They’ve never had mutual friends, they rarely share common interests, and family outings are only tolerated for their parents’ sake.
While everyone can see the differences, Evan really doesn’t like when people talk about it. He is the first to find his brother infuriating, and yet, if anyone else was to speak badly of him, Evan would be the first to jump to his defence.
Application: Siblings are funny things. We all come from the same gene pool, but we are often so very different. There’s a family bond, however, that most relatives have, that cannot be compared to any other relationship. You may not be the best of friends, but it is not appreciated if someone else is to highlight their faults. I guess other members of your family are a reflection upon you, and no one else has the right to speak badly about them.
God didn’t often speak directly to the Israelites, but one time when He did break the silence was when there was internal fighting. He saw the Israelites fighting amongst themselves and demanded that it stop.
The Israelites obeyed God at this time. He knew that it would lead to no good if there was division amongst his people.
Division is destructive and hurtful and God speaks openly against it. Yet it keeps creeping back into our relationships.
Where there is division we need to speak love, respect and tolerance.
Prayer: Lord, relationships can be so challenging. It is easy for division to take hold and tear people apart. While we may not always see eye-to-eye, help us to show Your grace when it is needed. Amen.
Where is division creeping into your life?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.