“Don’t think that I’ve come to bring peace to the earth. I haven’t come to bring peace but a sword. I’ve come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. People’s enemies are members of their own households. “Those who love father or mother more than me aren’t worthy of me. Those who love son or daughter more than me aren’t worthy of me. Those who don’t pick up their crosses and follow me aren’t worthy of me. Those who find their lives will lose them, and those who lose their lives because of me will find them. “Those who receive you are also receiving me, and those who receive me are receiving the one who sent me. Those who receive a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Those who receive a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. I assure you that everybody who gives even a cup of cold water to these little ones because they are my disciples will certainly be rewarded.” (Matthew 10:34-42, CEB)
When we actually follow Jesus we will have peace, but that peace may be within conflict. Because actually following Jesus could lead to conflict in the family or with friends. We need to make sure our relationship with Jesus is the main relationship in our lives and not allow anything to get in the way of that. That means that conflict could come within groups we are in. We must be ready to state the truth and follow Jesus, even when it means we will cause stress and strife in our earthly relationships.
Know though that the reward we receive will be greater when we faithfully follow after Jesus and take up our cross daily.
Loving People. Loving God.