Matthew 12:25 (NIV)

25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.

 

I understand this verse applies to Jesus setting his accusers straight about him not being the devil. I believe this goes deeper though. I believe the same principle of a kingdom divided against itself will not stand could be applied to His church today.

How can God’s kingdom stand if we are consistently bashing our brothers and sisters in Christ? If we are finding fault with them at every word they speak. We take a high lighter and show the world where our brethren have made a mistake and fallen. Then we pat ourselves on the back for a job well done or dust of our hands for the labor it took us to take this believer down.

We bash the believers, who have a hefty social media platform, as if we know them personally. Judging their every move and what they wear or the company they keep. This is all done because of the verse Luke 17:03 among others where it says it is okay to rebuke your brother. Of course it is okay, but have you read the verses where it reads “privately” (Matt 18:15) or where it says that Jesus rebukes in love (Revelation 3:19). We surely are not doing that. Some believers will go as far as dedicating one entire article to this “fake believer,” who we should not be following or buying their books.

Let us be busy with our father’s work like Jesus (Luke 41-52). Instead of hunting down believers, we should pray for them. Why not leave them to God to handle instead of wasting valuable harvest time? We are to have compassion for the lost. As the world looks in we must be different, it is critical that they see our kingdom mentality in action. Divided we will not stand.