Wayne Cordeiro

"Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may be zealous for them. It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good..." (Galations 4:17).
Sidetaking. It existed back then, and it continues into our lives today. You see it in the playgrounds, college classrooms, workplace, in churches, among junior-highers as well as adults. Politicians have refined this to a science until no one knows what to believe.
Sidetaking. When we win people over to our view of things so we can amass more credence for our perspective and not have to deal with the guilt of slandering others. In fact, it only serves to increase our believability and platform with the ones who agree with us.
Sidetaking skews the truth. It makes whatever way I see something to be the right way to see it, and what I think becomes the only way to think... without being accountable to the rigor of truth or objectivity. Side-taking makes a subjective person feel as if he is the only one who really sees things clearly.
Jesus never asked us to be side-takers. He asked us to be Peace-makers.
That is what I must be in these defining days ahead. No, it is not peace at the expense of truth. I must remain a man of truth, but I must also be sure that the "truth" I see is the same truth that Jesus sees, consistent with His Word and with His Spirit.
Lord Jesus, I choose to be a Peace-maker, even as You are in the days ahead. Teach me how to draw lines when necessary, and learn to build bridges too. I don't want to draw a line where I should have built a bridge, nor do I want to build a bridge where I should have drawn a line. Please teach me the difference. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Devotions for March 13

Deuteronomy 22,23,24
Galatians 4

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