“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.”
My first reaction to reading this scripture so many, many years ago – “I thought Jesus was the Prince of Peace and He brings joy, happiness, and peace?”
Now I read He came to bring a sword.
That sword is the word of God (Heb 4:12) and divides people from one another, as Jesus said in the verses that follow this one.
Certainly, when someone accepts Jesus as Savior, those that continue to blatantly sin are at odds with them.
I experienced this even as a new believer working construction. I was eighteen with many older men. I was excited about Christ and shared my salvation experience. They would try to get me to do things contrary to the way I felt – like engage with a prostitute.
I told them fornication was a sin. They’d just laugh at me.
That was my experience with strangers but you can have the same with family and friends.
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.
For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’
He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me.
And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”